A study published in the September edition of the Lancet Global Health Journal shows that the Africa Region, has the lowest tobacco use in pregnant women in the world.
Southeast Asia has the highest regional prevalence of tobacco use.
The study which is the largest to provide contemporary evidence on tobacco use during pregnancy using nationally representative samples from 54 Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), was conducted during 2001—2012.
According to the study, about one in every 30 pregnant women used tobacco, with wide variations in prevalence within and between World Regions.
While tobacco use in pregnant women in low-income and middle-income countries is low; in Turkey, however, prevalence reaches as high as 15 per cent.
The study which was made available to Ghana News Agency on Monday noted that in 21 of the 54 countries researched, smokeless tobacco was the primary form of tobacco use in pregnant women, thus showing the need to account for these forms of tobacco use in prevention programmes.
The study observed that both smoked and smokeless forms of tobacco encompass a very diverse group of products.
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