Fact or Fiction: Should Women Vape While Pregnant?

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Vaping is an activity that, as an alternative to smoking, is appreciated by many across the medical and academic spectrums to be safe. Research and statistics continue to support this opinion, underlining how, in general terms, vaping’s a safe practice and – should you be approaching it as either a smoker looking to quit or a non-smoker and using vape equipment purchased from a well-reviewed vape shop UK – a safe, interesting and satisfying hobby to get into.

That said, research in the last few years suggests that there’s one group of people for whom vaping, it appears, isn’t advisable. The results of a relatively recent study suggest that for pregnant women vaping probably isn’t advisable – because it may lead to an increased risk of asthma in children.

To be specific, this study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Technology in Australia, saw pregnant mice exposed to the effects of vaping; thus, the same effects from vaping, both with and without nicotine, that pregnant women would experience. And, yes, the results revealed an increased risk of asthma development in the mice’s offspring.


The findings are clear?

Commenting on the results around the time of their presentation to the European Respiratory Society International Congress in September 2017, the study’s lead researcher spelt out that the research appeared to suggest that, for women during pregnancy, it’s dangerous for their soon-to-be-born babies.

“These findings highlight that e-cigarette use during pregnancy should not be considered safe,” said Dr Pawan Sharma, Chancellors Fellow and Research Leader in the Airways Disease Group at the University of Technology Sydney.

“Our study found that maternal vaping increased the risk and severity of allergic asthma in offspring. We also found that the detrimental effects of vaping were partially mediated through impairment of mitochondrial function, which affects cellular respiration, and were independent of nicotine. This means that vaping, even without nicotine present, has a demonstrated negative impact on cell function.”

And among Irish cancer experts, in particular, the results didn’t go unnoticed. For instance, Donal Buggy, Head of Services at the Irish Cancer Society, made it clear the findings prove that pregnant women should neither smoke nor vape. “It’s not easy to quit smoking, but there is help out there to help people quit smoking,” he told the Irish Examiner newspaper. “The best thing that you can do for your child is to quit smoking during pregnancy.”


Conflicting advice

And yet, far from everyone, it seems, agree with this interpretation of the study’s findings. For instance, within the vaping community itself, the Irish Vape Vendors Association has challenged the assumption that the study’s results suggest anything more than the fact that pregnant mice shouldn’t be exposed to the effects of vaping.

The organisation’s spokeswoman, Gillian Golden, has been quoted as saying: “What some of these mice studies do is they subject the mouse model, or even some mouse cells, to far more exposure of vapour than a human would ever get.

“A lot of these media headlines can cause stress in a vaper, so that they may think they may be better off smoking because vaping is no better for them”, she added. “That’s not the case. We know and we have the proof and the evidence that vaping is 95 percent safer than smoking.”

Indeed, that statistic was opined by the UK Government-backed agency Public Health England and is one respected across not just the vaping, but also medical and academic spheres. So, where does this leave us? Well, although vaping is agreed on by many figures as being far in a way safer than smoking, the fact a study does raise any doubt that it may be harmful to unborn babies via their pregnant mothers at least provides food for thought.

The best thing anyone can do before they consider vaping ejuiceUK when they fall pregnant is to consider all the facts based on all the respected research available and then make an informed decision on whether they wish to proceed or hold off on the activity until after they’ve given birth.

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