VAPING while pregnant puts unborn babies at risk, researchers warn.
E-cigarettes can contain nicotine which is known to stunt development.
Researchers have warned pregnant women that vaping puts unborn babies at riskCredit: Getty Images – Getty
And tests show the effects are as bad after vaping as after smoking conventional cigarettes.
Vapers’ babies were unable to grasp a finger in their hand and were not startled by having head support removed.
They were harder to settle and more irritable than non-smokers’ infants.
Durham University researcher Suzanne Froggatt said: “Nicotine can cause devastating effects within the brain.”
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Study co-author Professor Nadja Reissland said: “Mothers should not be encouraged to use e-cigarettes during pregnancy.
“Public health policymakers need to be aware that e-cigarette use is not risk free.”
The team said their findings suggest the effects of other forms of nicotine replacement therapy on foetal development might also need further research.
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