Children’s health is threatened by maternal smoking, exposure to secondhand smoke, and teen tobacco use. An estimated 95% of adult smokers start smoking before the age of 21.
- Indiana ranks 35th for maternal smoking with 13.5% of expectant Hoosier mothers smoking while pregnant.
- The rate of smoking while pregnant in Indiana (13.5%) is 69% higher than the national rate (8.0%).
- Maternal smoking in Indiana has steadily decreased since 2008, when 18.5% of expectant mothers smoked.
- Indiana has a higher maternal smoking rate than half of our neighboring states: Illinois (7%), Kentucky (20%), Michigan (12%), and Ohio (15%).