E-cigarettes in pregnancy

Using e-cigarettes before, during and after pregnancy

E-cigarettes are much less harmful to health than tobacco. This page contains resources and information about the use of e-cigarettes before, during and after pregnancy

Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke during pregnancy is responsible for an increased rate of stillbirths, complications during labour, premature birth, miscarriages, birth defects and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Based on the latest evidence, e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than cigarettes and  are an effective aid for quitting.

E-cigarettes are also being used by women who smoke during pregnancy as an aid to quit or cut down and members of the midwifery team may be asked for advice.

Resources

These resources have been designed by the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group to inform health professionals and support conversations with pregnant women who smoke and are inquiring about e-cigarettes. The resources will be updated in line with any NICE guidance updates.

Disclaimer: None of the Challenge Group’s resources have input from organisations with vested interests in the vaping or tobacco industries.

Additional resources

Challenge Group response to inquiry on e-cigarettes

In December 2017 the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group submitted its response to the House of Commons Committee on Science and Technology Inquiry into e-cigarettes. You can read the submission here and learn more about the inquiry here.

Webinars

Nicotine in pregnancy (March 2019)

This Challenge Group webinar presents evidence concerning the safety and effectiveness of the use of nicotine in pregnancy, including e-cigarettes.

Speakers
00:0004:00 – Hazel Cheeseman, ASH

04:0025:30 – Professor Linda Bauld, University of Edinburgh

25:3047:00 – Professor Peter Hajek, Queen Mary University of London

47:0001:15:44 – Panel discussion joined by Jo Locker, Senior Tobacco Control Manager at Public Health England and Louise Hand, Project Manager Smokefree Trust at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust

Use of e-cigarettes in pregnancy (March 2017)

Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Stirling provides an update on the latest evidence about the use of electronic cigarettes in pregnancy, which is followed by a question and answer session with experts from Public Health England, the Royal College of Midwives and Improving Performance in Practice.