Electronic Cigarette Use During Pregnancy

May 08, 2018
OB Gyn, Pregnancy
Heather Sankey, MD
  • Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA
  • Baystate Wing Hospital, 40 Wright Street, Palmer, MA
  • Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center, 85 South Street, Ware, MA
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of e-cigarettes during pregnancy as a concern exists that e-cigarettes may present additional risks in pregnancy, such as increased nicotine exposure (particularly in women who smoke and vape/use e-cigarettes) that could increase the risk of fetal neurotoxicity, and formaldehyde exposure, which has been linked to miscarriage and adverse reproductive outcomes.
Inclusion Criteria:
a) Cigarette smokers who exclusively smoke conventional cigarettes, or who use e-cigs regularly, or who use both
b) At least 16 years of age
c) Able to speak English or Spanish

Exclusion criteria:
a) Current illicit drug or alcohol abuse or dependence (not under treatment)
b) Unstable medical problems (e.g., pre-eclampsia, threatened abortion, hyperemesis gravidarum: severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and possibly dehydration)
The subject will be in the study from the time of enrollment until 3 months after delivery when a final phone visit is conducted. Each subject will have up to 1 study visits every 3 months, a monthly phone call visit & a postpartum phone visit. The screen visit is approximately 1 to 1.5 hour long. The remaining visit(s) are approximately 45 minutes long.
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