Pregnancy and Electronic Cigarettes

Klaus Kneale
by Klaus Kneale
11 Comments
November 6, 2012

Smoking while pregnant is bad, very bad.  Still, some women continue to smoke while pregnant.  Agencies, organizations, doctors, and individuals work to prevent the most addicted of smoking women from doing so while pregnant.

Electronic cigarettes should be no different.  It’s been said by several scientific authorities that e-cigs cause only 1% of the damage that conventional cigarettes cause.  Any harm done during pregnancy that could otherwise be avoided is unacceptable.

That said, there are individuals out there that will smoke while pregnant no matter the risk.  In a conversation with a pregnancy assistance professional, the individual said that some women “just shut down” when their doctors tell them to stop smoking.  In fact, some doctors are even a bit timid about broaching the subject because they risk patients skipping future appointments if they think they’ll only be berated for smoking.  This can also lead them to not listening to other directions and generally disregarding the doctor’s efforts to make things better for them.

Similar to other areas, this is an area that requires a bit more research before anything solid can be said.  It’s been said that switching to electronic cigarettes and never quitting them could be less harmful than 2 months of smoking conventional cigarettes.  If that’s the case, e-cigs could turn out to be a solid answer for women that can’t seem to get their smoking habit under control while pregnant.

Still, ultimately no amount of nicotine is healthy for a woman during pregnancy or her child.  No-nicotine e-cigs could prove a viable answer, but again, this would require more research before anything could be said with confidence.

Ecig Advanced does not advocate smoking or e-cig use during pregnancy.  This is simply a bit of information for individuals seeking answers as they are available at the time of this article.  If you are pregnant, you should not us any tobacco products.

Comments

11 Responses to “Pregnancy and Electronic Cigarettes”

      Steve Mitchell on November 8th, 2012 5:45 am

      Unfortunately there are those who will smoke while pregnant no matter what. For the babies sake I would much rather see a mom to be vaping over smoking.

        Sabrina Mitchell on November 8th, 2012 6:06 am

        Being a mother and know what I have been taught about the harms of smoking to an unborn child, it would be much better for one to use e-cigs rather than cigarettes.

          Karla Lyle on November 8th, 2012 10:48 am

          Unfortunately I was one that was unable to completely quit smoking while pregnant. I cut back significantly but never fully quit. I wish I had found vaping earlier. l though my kids were lucky and did not suffer any known adverse effects I think vaping would have been a safer alternative and I could have even lowered my nicotine level which would have been an additional benefit. Even though all the tests on ecigs have not be done I know from personal experience that it is not as harmful to me as cigarettes and therefore would assume the same for my baby. There are many who are unable to quit that just hide the fact that they smoke and there is no medical safer alternative. They will provide patches while pregnant so vaping isn’t any different.

            Holly DeLain on November 9th, 2012 4:31 am

            Well, I also was one who could not quit while pregnant! No matter how much I knew and how much I tried.. .. But, I do have 4 healthy beautiful children! Big babies that were all overdue so in my case the small early babies that are caused by smoking did not happen!
            And in all actuality it’s not the nicotine that is the culprit! It’s the carbon monoxide from smoking that constricts the blood vessels… yes, constricts the baby’s source of nourishment! that is what is so detrimental! I can see electronic cigarettes being a life saver to women who cannot fully quit smoking while pregnant! No carbon monoxide… no 1000′s of chemicals!! I so wish they would’ve been around the first time I was expecting and wish I had known about them the last time!

              MorrinB on November 13th, 2012 5:32 am

              So many women have trouble quitting when pregnant, vaping could be a HUGE help to this problem. It would be wonderful if all pregnant women could quit completely, but if not, harm reduction is better than the alternatives.

                slap_maxwell on December 5th, 2012 5:12 am

                I agree with MorrinB; we ALL know giving up cigarettes is hard. Certainly it would be even more difficult to quit when in the stressful situation of being pregnant. I would see vaping as a significant harm reduction tool seeing as how one could choose either a very low nicotine level or even a no-nic juice while still satisfying the mechanical functions of “smoking” and thereby gaining some degree of stress reduction.

                  Adam on January 5th, 2013 11:51 pm

                  I agree; 0% chance of harm is better than even 1%!

                    Lindsey on January 8th, 2013 8:06 pm

                    Im 5 wks and smoke an ecig with no nicotine. I seen someone say it was the carbon dioxide that restricts your blood vessels, it’s actually the nicotine that does. My mother in law had a heart attack and she smoked an ecig with 18mg of nicotine. The doctor advised to move to 0mg because the nicotine still closes your vessels. So even with an ecig with nicotine it can still restrict the nutrition to your baby. So if your going to smoke still go for the 0mg if you don’t want to roll the dice on your baby.

                      walking dead season 3 episode on February 28th, 2013 12:08 am

                      Kelly looks like a drag.

                        Nev NYC on April 1st, 2013 2:57 am

                        i agree that during pregnancy o nic is better than any BUT if it is impossible to quit during pregnancy then i guess it would be better to use an ecig than lighting up a real one..

                          vape4life on April 23rd, 2013 1:32 am

                          It will be truly nice when the whole e-cig scare is over and people start to open their minds. I know when I was having babies, and couldn’t quit smoking no matter how much I beat myself up over it, it would have been great not only to have an alternative, but have my doctor suggest it. I know that day is probably a few years into the future, but I’ll make sure I suggest it to my nieces if I see them struggling with quitting while smoking.

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