HealthDay News — More than 40% of pregnant women surveyed think that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, study findings presented at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, held from May 2 to 6 in San Francisco suggest.
To evaluate pregnant women’s beliefs about electronic cigarettes, Katrina Schafer Mark, MD, of the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and colleagues surveyed 316 pregnant women visiting a university-based outpatient obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Baltimore.
Of the survey respondents, 57% believed that e-cigarettes contain nicotine. And fewer than two-thirds of the women thought that e-cigarettes could be addictive. Among the women in the study, 13% had ever tried e-cigarettes. Nearly three-quarters of the women who had tried e-cigarettes believed they were less harmful than tobacco. In addition, most of these women also said that e-cigarettes could help them stop smoking.
“All nicotine use during pregnancy should be avoided, whether the source be cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or nicotine replacement therapy products like nicotine gum and patches,” Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, told HealthDay.
“Indeed, studies have shown that nicotine replacement therapy use by pregnant women is tied to low birth weight and preterm birth,” Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, told HealthDay.