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Minniemouse94 Tue 29-Dec-15 20:43:54

What are your opinions on vaping? I'm 26 weeks and have smoked up until now (no bashing no ones perfect).. It's been really hard and I've been putting myself through so much stress even my midwife has said try to cut down then quit because it's safer than stressing yourself and the baby, but would vaping be any better? Low percentage Nicotine if not 0 nicotine? X

dizzylemon Tue 29-Dec-15 20:52:17

In terms of what you are putting yours and babies body through, definetly a better option. I don't think any of my friends who switched had any withdrawal symptoms, so you might be safe from that.

As a substitute for smoking, I would not personally know but worth a shot I'd say. Good luck!

Minniemouse94 Tue 29-Dec-15 20:57:48

Thank you Hun. I defiantly thought it was a better option. I brought it yesterday morning (10am) and had 1 fags yesterday and 0 today, defiantly think it helps!

jellybelly85 Tue 29-Dec-15 21:07:17

Hey minniemouse94 great that you are thinking about not smoking. I would highly recommend giving your local stop smoking service a call - they'll be well-informed and will be able to support you whichever option you choose.

A lot of people have found switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes as a helpful way to quit. As with lots of new products, the full safety profile of vaping isn't known yet. However, they are estimated to be 95% safer than smoking cigarettes. Check this website for more info:

Any reducing in smoking will be good for your baby. Whatever means/products you use to do this, good luck!

mrschatty Tue 29-Dec-15 21:11:31

It's great that your looking to stop smoking! No one could really say that vaping is 100% better ad it's new the facts arnt known yet! But definatly a step in the right direction. All the best to you

Runningupthathill82 Tue 29-Dec-15 21:12:01

I guess the issue that would worry me is that lots of vaping "stuff" is unregulated, so you have no idea what sort of chemicals or toxins you're breathing in.

In terms of nicotine, vaping is going to be better than ordinary cigarettes - even though some e-cigs marked as nicotine-free actually do contain nicotine - but it's the other shite in there, such as formaldehyde, that I wouldn't want to be inhaling while pregnant.

In your shoes I would go for nicotine replacement stuff such as patches. As these are regulated and even available on the nhs in some cases (i think?) they're subject to a lot more tests and safety measures than e-cigs.

Also, did your midwife seriously say to you that the stress of stopping smoking would be more harmful to the baby than continuing? As this isn't backed up with any evidence as far as I know - happy to be told otherwise.

jellybelly85 Tue 29-Dec-15 21:22:37

Runningupthathill82 regulation is really important for new products. In May 2016 all e-cigarettes will have to be regulated under new EU regulations. Alternatively manufacturers can apply for a license to sell as a medical product (there is at least one e-cigarette which has already been licensed this year). Current evidence has shown no direct harm due to e-cigarette vapour.

Current evidence also points out that public perception of the risks from e-cigarettes does not reflect the evidence base (i.e. people think they are more harmful than the evidence says they are). Nicotine is the perfect example. Nicotine exposure due to using cigarettes/e-cigarettes is highly unlikely to be harmful to health - they quantities are not high enough to be dangerous, even if you were smoking 50 a day. It's the tar and other carcinogenic chemicals in tobacco which are the danger, not nicotine.

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