Fewer pregnant women in North Dakota are smoking compared to 2015, according to the North Dakota Department of Health’s birth certificate records.

In August, North Dakota reported the 2016 statewide pregnancy smoking rate at 11.6 percent, down from 13.8 percent the year prior. At its lowest point yet, the state has seen consistent declines over the past decade in the number of pregnant women smoking.

The national pregnancy smoking rate of 8.4 percent, reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Additionally, the state's health department said more than a quarter of the North Dakota women who say they smoked in the first trimester of pregnancy quit by the third trimester.

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