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Nearly Half of Women Smoke While Pregnant in One Tennessee County

May 26, 2009

WPLN, my local NPR affiliate, had news this morning that in Tennessee, about one in five (19.4%) women smoke at some point while pregnant. In Hancock County, it’s 47.7%.

According to the piece, the following rural counties (among 95 total counties in the state) have the highest rates:

  • Hancock – 47.7%

  • Unicoi – 43.9%
  • Stewart – 40.5%
  • Houston – 39.6%
  • Benton – 39.5%

Williamson, Shelby, Davidson, Fayette, and Rutherford counties had the lowest rates, from 5.6%-13.9%. (see a map of TN counties)

The state Department of Health is reminding women about the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine,

…a free service which offers personalized support to those who want to quit smoking and/or other tobacco products. This convenient and confidential service is available to Tennessee residents in both English and Spanish at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). The service is also available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing at TTY: 1-877-559-3816. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time.

The Department is also offering smoking cessation services through all county health departments.

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