Prevalence of smoking among pregnant women is lower in Italy than EnglandBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7189.1012 (Published 10 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1012
- Liliane Chatenoud, Senior scientist.,
- Francesca Chiaffarino, Research fellow.,
- Fabio Parazzini, Head unit of analytical epidemiology.,
- Guido Benzi, Researcher.,
- Carlo La Vecchia, Associate professor of epidemiology.
- Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri,” 20157 Milan, Italy
- Prima Clinica Ostetrico Ginecologica, Università di Milano, Milan
- Istituto di Statistica Medica e Biometria, Università di Milano, 20133 Milan
EDITOR—Owen et al report that the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy and the rates of stopping did not change in England between 1992 and 1995, remaining at around 25%.1They also reported that the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy is higher in young women, unemployed women, and manual workers.
We analysed the characteristics of women who gave up or continued smoking during pregnancy in Italy, using the comparison group of a case-control …