WPR News
9:10 am
Thu November 15, 2007

Moms Smoke in Niobrara

Niobrara County, WY – One in three pregnant mothers light up during pregnancy in Niobrara County. According to a state report released by a project called Kids Count, that's the worst percentage of pregnant smokers in Wyoming.

Jeanne Peterson works to prevent tobacco use in Niobrara County. She says the numbers are misleading because so few people are pregnant during the year in a county with about 22-hundred people.

The data shows that about 20 percent of pregnant women smoke in Wyoming, nearly twice the national average.