Statistics reveal shocking number of pregnant QLD mums smoking

Queensland Health is extremely concerned by the number of mums who continue to smoke cigarettes during pregnancy, despite warnings about the health of their baby.

Statistics from the Department of Health reveal 12.4 per cent of mums in Queensland smoked during their pregnancy.

This is slightly higher than the national average of 10.4.


The statistics also expose smoking rates were higher in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Expecting mothers who smoke are at an increased risk of multiple issues including, miscarriages, premature labour and ectopic pregnancy.

Babies of smoking mothers are at a much higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome as they have weaker lungs and a more susceptible to infection after birth as they have a lower birth weight.

The Department of Health offers free quit program for mothers.