Increase successful quit attempts in pregnant women who smoke — TU‑15

Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
19.7 percent (2022)

24.4 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

20.2 percent of females reported smoking cessation during pregnancy (i.e., they had smoked in their first or second trimesters but reported no smoking in their third trimester) in 2018

Increase smoking cessation success during pregnancy among females

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of pregnancy complications, preterm delivery, and low birth weight in infants. Health care providers can increase the chance that pregnant women will quit smoking by asking them about tobacco use, advising them to quit, and providing counseling and medication.

Workgroup: Tobacco Use Workgroup