Electronic cigarette and pregnancy: what are the risks?

Electronic cigarette and pregnancy: what are the risks?



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A real social phenomenon, the e-cigarette is on the rise! What do we know about the risks for pregnant women who would see it as an alternative to weaning? Few things, but the precautionary principle.

Many expectant moms question the use of e-cigarettes during pregnancy. Today, what do we know about risks?

  • Gérard Mathern: There is no comprehensive study on the subject and that is the problem. We just know that propylene glycol, vegetable glycerol and the flavors contained in the eliquide of the electronic cigarette are not dangerous to health. This liquid is neither toxic to the cells nor dangerous for the arterial system. On the other hand, the alcohol sometimes present in the liquid, even in very small quantities, is totally contraindicated for the pregnant woman because it can cause a fetal alcohol syndrome.

So you advise against pregnant women who smoke?

To each future mother to see the risks she wants to take, or not.

  • Gérard Mathern: I would always encourage a smoker-to-be to first try the classic treatments for smoking cessation, be they patches, gums or cognitive therapy ... With a prescription, the Social Security participates for 150 €, or about 3 to 4 months of treatment. Pregnancy may be the right time to start.
  • As a health professional, I can not advise a pregnant woman about e-cigarettes because I have no proof that she is safe for her and her baby. But I can not explain exactly the risks because we do not know them. On the other hand, I know they are infinitely less dangerous than tobacco. It is a question of opting or not for a principle of precaution.
  • Each mother to see the risks she wants to take, or not. My only advice for those who "vapotent" is to pay attention to the eliquid: choose one without alcohol.

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