'Like regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes can still harm pregnant women and their unborn children. According to a recent study, pregnant women who vape could give birth to infants with facial defects.
Based on the study’s results, “exposure to e-cigarette vapor damaged cells that would eventually become facial features in ways that could cause facial clefts and uneven growth of facial structures.”
E-cigarettes are increasing in popularity as alternatives to cigarettes, but the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) study provides further proof that vaping is not a 100 percent safe alternative for more traditional tobacco products.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and doctors advise that no form of smoking, even vaping, is safe for pregnant women, and this study offers “early tangible evidence” of the risks of e-cigarettes. Dr. Amanda Dickinson, the study’s senior author, led the VCU study which tested the responses of frog embryos to e-cigarette vapor.
Through a heating mechanism, e-cigarettes heat e-liquids and convert them into flavored vapor. The liquids contain nicotine and propylene, glycol, vegetable glycerine, and flavoring compounds.'
Read more: Vaping and pregnancy: New research warns of crippling birth defects from the chemical flavoring
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