Vaping while pregnant puts unborn babies at risk, researchers warn

VAPING while pregnant puts unborn babies at risk, researchers warn.

E-cigarettes can contain nicotine which is known to stunt development.

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.”

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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