Is vaping safe during pregnancy? No.
Most vaping products contain nicotine, which is known to be harmful to a developing baby. Nicotine use in pregnancy can harm a baby’s developing brain, can cause babies to be born too small or too early, and increases the chance of miscarriage, stillbirth, and SIDS.
What if the e-cigarette is nicotine free?
Many e-cigarette products claim to be “nicotine free,” but many of the products labeled this way have been shown to contain nicotine. The ingredients in vaping products are not checked by the FDA, so it is up to the people manufacturing and marketing the products to label them as they wish.
The other chemicals contained in e-cigarettes could be harmful, but there are so many different combinations of chemicals in e-cigarettes that studying them is very difficult. There are studies currently underway to determine the impact of e-cigarettes on pregnancy (like this one), but results are not expected for several more years.
Avoiding or quitting e-cigarettes and all tobacco products is important to protecting the health of both you and your baby.
Find more information about electronic cigarettes, tobacco, and free 24/7 confidential support to quit at QuitlineNC.org.