Drug Alcohol Depend 2019 12 18;205:107634. Epub 2019 Oct 18.
Boston College, School of Social Work, McGuinn Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA; Boston College, Department of Economics, Maloney Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA; German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Department of Macroeconomics, Mohrenstraße 58, 10117 Berlin, Germany.
Background: Research has demonstrated that the implementation of tobacco control policies is associated with improved birth outcomes. Ascertainment of prenatal smoking on the US birth certificate has changed over the past decade to record smoking across each trimester.
Methods: Using 2005-2015 birth certificate data on 26,436,541 singletons from 47 states and DC linked to state-level cigarette taxes and smoke-free legislation, we conducted conditional mixed-process models to examine the impact of tobacco control policies on prenatal smoking and quitting, then on the associated changes in birth outcomes. Read More