- Women continue to use electronic vapor products (EVPs) during pregnancy.
- Many of these users believe that EVPs are safer than cigarettes.
Why this matters
- EVPs, including electronic cigarettes, typically contain nicotine, a developmental toxicant that can adversely affect pregnancy and neonatal outcomes.
- Clear messages that EVPs are unsafe during pregnancy are needed.
- 82.6% reported they never used EVPs.
- Of those who used EVPs:
- 10.4% used >3 months prior to pregnancy,
- 7.0% used around the time of pregnancy, and
- 1.4% used during the last 3 months of pregnancy.
- 26.4% of women who used EVPs did not know the amount of nicotine content.
- 54.0% of women who used EVPs around the time of pregnancy did so because of curiosity.
- 45.2% used EVPs to help with quitting or reduce cigarette smoking.
- 45.2% believed EVPs were safer than cigarette smoking.
- Population-based surveillance via survey through mail 2-6 months following delivery in 2015.
- The sample included women from Oklahoma (n=1955) and Texas (n=1322).
- Funding: None disclosed.
- Data were self-reported and subject to bias.
- Data are only for women from Texas and Oklahoma; results may not be generalizable to other regions.