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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO ARE THINKING OF USING, ARE USING, OR HAVE USED E-CIGARETTES DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What are e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes (known formally as electronic cigarettes) are devices that heat a liquid to create an aerosol containing nicotine for delivery into the bloodstream by way of the lungs similar to standard (combusted) tobacco cigarettes, but without also exposing the user to numerous other substances found in regular tobacco, including hundreds of cancer-causing agents (carcinogens). Lacking these other substances, e-cigarettes are perceived by many, including some parents-to-be, as a relatively “safe” alternative to standard cigarettes. This perception is widespread partly because the e-cigarettes are marketed to young people and enhanced with chocolate, cherry, apple, candy, and other flavors. However, the nicotine itself can still be very harmful and addictive. Using e-cigarettes is commonly called "vaping".


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