SOGC Statement – Vaping and Pregnancy

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is alarmed at the growing number of serious lung illnesses and deaths reported in young adults that have been attributed to vaping. E-cigarettes have been available for 15 years, however the reasons why serious complications are arising now is not fully understood and is under active investigation.

Nicotine is known to be harmful to the developing baby, and cigarette smoking, in particular affects the growth and development of the baby and the baby’s brain. Knowing this, many women have chosen e-cigarettes as a means to reduce nicotine exposure or quit smoking.  However, the safety of vaping has not been established in pregnancy. 

At present time women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant are advised to avoid use of e-cigarettes and to see their health care provider for assistance in quitting smoking.