E-Cigarettes Potentially Harmful to Fetuses
Half of Women Unaware E-Cigs Contain Nicotine
According to a report by Reuters, new research indicated that almost half of the women polled said they don’t think e-cigarettes contain nicotine or other addictive qualities.
In addition, 43% of pregnant women believed e-cigarettes to be less harmful to their fetus than traditional cigarettes.
The long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are not clear. However, researchers have pointed out that e-cigarettes do contain nicotine, which is addictive and harmful regardless of the method of administration.
According to Dr. Michael Weaver, a medical director from the University of Texas-Houston, nicotine can lead to heart disease and other serious health problems. Nicotine is harmful to both the mother and unborn child.
Effects of Nicotine Use by Pregnant Mother
The following information has been provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
- Increased mortality and morbidity rates in newborns
- Premature birth-rate is twice as high for nicotine-using mothers
- Negative cardiovascular effects for both the mother and fetus
- Infants were an average of 100-200 grams lighter at birth
- Stillbirth is 3 times as likely