Are E-Cigarettes Safe During Pregnancy?

The short answer to this question is NO. There are a lot of myths associated with the recent increased use of e cigarettes or vaping.

MYTH 1: “It’s just water vapor, so it’s okay!”
FALSE: The vapor has more than just water in it. There are also several chemicals in these that are used to create and add flavor to the e-cigarette as well as nicotine. People that are around you when you are using your e-cigarette are also exposed to these chemicals from second and third hand smoke. Also, remember that the substance that you use to refill your e-cigarette is also highly toxic, especially to children.
MYTH 2: “It’s not as bad for me as a cigarette”
FALSE: The long term effects of e-cigarettes are still unknown. In studies that have been recently done, there have been cancer causing chemicals found in e-cigarettes as well. Some studies have also shown that the amounts of nicotine that is listed on the package is not actually the amount that was found to be in the e-cigarette.
MYTH 3: “It will help me quit smoking”
FALSE: For most people, smoking an e-cigarette is not effective at helping to quit smoking. Most people will remain addicted to the nicotine because they are simply getting it from a different source, the e-cigarette instead of a regular cigarette. Also, the habit is not broken, you’re still performing the same hand to mouth behavior.

Pregnant women should be aware that they are still exposing their baby to nicotine, which has been shown to affect an unborn baby’s brain development. E-cigarettes are currently not regulated or evaluated for safety before they are sold. The bottom line is that there is not enough known about e-cigs to determine the safety to anyone.

Reference: First Breath Program, (2015), E-cigarettes What Pregnant Women and New Moms Need to Know, N.P.

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