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Bergen County Public Health Profile Report

Tobacco Use During Pregnancy: Percentage of Live Births, 2015

  • Bergen
    95% Confidence Interval NA
    NA=Data not available.
  • Bergen Compared to State

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    • Improvement Needed = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Reason for Concern = The county's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.

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Why Is This Important?

Use of tobacco products during pregnancy is associated with poor birth outcomes.

How Are We Doing?

Tobacco use during pregnancy increases the likelihood of delivering preterm (< 37 weeks gestation), at low birth weight (< 2500 g), and at very low birth weight (< 1500 g). The average birth weight of infants whose mothers used tobacco during pregnancy is 3,113 grams compared to 3,274 grams for those who abstained.

What Is Being Done?

The New Jersey Department of Health has been committed to addressing perinatal addiction since 1980 and provides support to a system of perinatal addiction services. These risk reduction services include referral for treatment and education. For additional information about these services or for more information on the effects of substance use during pregnancy, please contact Reproductive and Perinatal Health Services at (609) 292-5616.

Healthy People Objective MICH-11.3:

Increase abstinence from alcohol, cigarettes, and illicit drugs among pregnant women: Cigarette smoking
U.S. Target: 98.6 percent
State Target: N/A. HNJ objective was revised from abstinence to use.

Related Indicators

Risk Factors:

Health Status Outcomes:


Some neighboring states do not report all birth certificate items to NJDOH for residents who gave birth in their state, thereby creating a high proportion of records with unknown values for those items. In particular, Hudson, Salem, and Warren have high proportions of records with unknown tobacco use during pregnancy. This artificially lowers their Tobacco Use percentages to some unknown degree.

Data Sources

Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health  

Measure Description for Tobacco Use During Pregnancy

Definition: Self-reported use of any tobacco product by the mother during pregnancy
Numerator: Number of live births whose mothers used any tobacco product
Denominator: Total number of live births

Indicator Profile Report

Tobacco Use During Pregnancy (exits this report)

Date Content Last Updated

The information provided above is from the Department of Health's NJSHAD web site ( The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Fri, 23 March 2018 14:27:08 from Department of Health, New Jersey State Health Assessment Data Web site: ".

Content updated: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 05:01:06 EST