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Smoking Down Among Pregnant Women

Smoking during pregnancy, a habit linked to a range of mental and physical problems in children, declined across racial and ethnic lines each year during the 1990s, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Overall rates dropped by one third, with significant differences between age groups. While smoking among pregnant women in their late 20s and early 30s declined by 40%, smoking among pregnant teenagers has been on the rise since the mid-1990s. CDC spokespersons voiced concern at the data on teen pregnancy, calling that group “a particularly high-risk population.”

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AP Ð August 29, 2001