Health written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of pregnant teenagers who smoked

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Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The official source of data on smoking during pregnancy (measured at the time of giving birth) is the “Statistics on Women's Smoking Status at Time of Delivery” publication (SaTOD). SaTOD, however, does not collect data by age.

Therefore, we have provided information from the Infant Feeding Survey, which collects information on smoking before and during pregnancy from mothers after birth. This survey is carried out at five yearly intervals.

Information on smoking before or during pregnancy for mothers aged under 20 for the years 2000, 2005 and 2010 is shown in the following table.

A copy of the Infant Feeding Survey 2005 chapter 10 and Infant Feeding Survey 2010 chapter 11 has been placed in the Library.

Smoking during pregnancy in England by mother's age (2000, 2005 and 2010)
  Percentage who smoked before or during pregnancy Percentage who smoked throughout pregnancy
  2000 2005 2010 2000 2005 2010
Under 20 64 68 58 39 45 36
Note: Excludes mothers who did not supply sufficient information to classify their smoking status.

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