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E-cigarette use during pregnancy

It is clear that smoking during pregnancy is dangerous for mother and child. But what about fumes? Is nicotine harmful to the unborn child, and are there substances in e-liquid that are dangerous? Professor Linda Bauld is chairman of the cancer prevention behavioral research at Cancer Research UK, she and her team have searched for an answer to these questions. The results were published in the "Nicotine without Smoke" report.

These are the recommendations of Cancer Research UK

The conclusions may not be as definitive as you might hope, since we do not yet know everything about the use of e-cigarettes and pregnancy. Nevertheless, the recommendations are fairly clear with conclusions such as:

E-cigarettes are not without risk, but much less dangerous than smoking.

  • If you can stay free from smoking by steaming, it is a much safer alternative for the mother and the unborn child.
  • Every cigarette is dangerous, so occasional smuggling is not the intention.
  • If you have a tendency to smoke, grab the damper, this is always better than lighting a cigarette.
  • Second-hand smoke from people in the neighborhood is also bad for mother and baby. As far as we know now, this is not the case with vapor from e-cigarettes.
  • As far as is known, the use of nicotine by the mother has no negative impact on the unborn child.
  • The main danger is the thousands of chemicals that are released when tobacco is burned and inhaled.


It is best to use no nicotine-containing products at all, but everything is better than smoking. Nicotine patches and chewing gum can offer help, as well as e-cigarette vapors. But smoking for pregnant women is really dangerous, for both mother and child. After all, it is not the nicotine that is a hazard, but the smoke that is inhaled. If you are really unable to stop due to the nicotine addiction, then substitute alternatives offer an option to at least stop smoking cigarettes.