Nearly Half of Women Smoke While Pregnant in One Tennessee County
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)
…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.