Smoking vs nicotine use in late pregnancy: Can e-cigarettes be recommended to pregnant smokers?
Time: 10:15 - 10:30
Date: Friday 9th December, 2022
E-cigarettes have emerged as a more popular quitting aid among pregnant smokers than traditional NRT. Such use of e-cigarettes has been condoned in the UK but advised against in the US. In this session, Prof Hajek will look at some of the evidence regarding nicotine effects in pregnancy, specifically the existing human data, as opposed to animal studies. He will also present the data from a large, randomised trial that compared smoking cessation and pregnancy outcomes in pregnant smokers allocated to e-cigarettes or NRT. Finally, the session will discuss whether switching from smoking to e-cigarettes poses any risks to pregnancy outcomes and the significance of the findings for clinicians, service providers and pregnant smokers.