While the health risks linking tobacco use by pregnant woman has been long understood, vaping presents a new frontier. A recent study from the lab of Kathleen Caron, PhD, shows that there are some definite ill effects of e-cigarettes and the health of the offspring.

Kathleen Caron, PhD

We’ve known for decades about the health risks that tobacco use by a pregnant woman can pose to the fetus (as well as to herself). According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such risks include preterm birth, low birthweight, birth defects, and sudden infant death syndrome. A team of researchers from the lab of Kathleen Caron, PhD, professor and chair of the UNC Department of Cell Biology and Physiology at the UNC School of Medicine asked the question, if tobacco is so harmful in pregnancy, are e-cigarettes that also contain nicotine really any safer?

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