How Safe is E-Cigarettes for Pregnant Women?

It’s one of God’s gifts to women that they can conceive and let out a living being. Of course, this takes thorough resilience and ability to bear pain for 9 months. Doctors place a number of restrictions for pregnant women; including no lipsticks, nail polishes or chemical shampoos.

smoking pregnancyOf course, they are adamant against cigarette smoking. Yet, smoking is an addictive habit and it’s not easy to drop a habit in a jiffy. Pregnant women go through many mood swings and irritations and find smoking a great stress-buster.

What is the getaway?

Those pregnant women who cannot leave smoking will do better to ‘vape’ electronic cigarettes. Normal cigarettes contain high nicotine content and toxic carcinogens. It also hampers the sense of taste and smell; causes queasiness and affects breathing (lungs) and blood circulation (heart).

Electronic cigarettes doesn’t involve combustion of any sort; just vaporizing. The carcinogens, if any, are nitrosamines in very miniscule quantity. If they can regulate their puffs and limit the number of electronic cigarettes, they will not be affected too much. It is imperative to note that smoking hurts the baby more than pregnant lady, infusing neo-natal confusions in the would-be child.

The ideal situation     

Of course, ideally, pregnant women shouldn’t smoke or ‘vape’ any cigarette; traditional or electronic. It is true that electronic cigarettes cause significantly less harm than traditional cigarettes, but there is some nicotine present.

Moreover, Propylene Glycol is there to ensure proper conduction of flavors and it is an anti-freezing substance with suggestive toxicity. There is a degree of throat hit with electronic cigarettes and the wind pipe gets that dry sense.

The mix of flavors with nicotine doesn’t augur too well for the would-be mother. Thus, the utopian standard would be no cigarettes of any kind for pregnant women. However, the world is not perfect and you have to think of the best practical approach. In that context, electronic cigarettes are a better bet.

Essence of effects

Pregnant women need to eat well; as she feeds two lives. Traditional cigarettes reduce the appetite considerably. Electronic cigarettes don’t do any such harm. They don’t mess up with the olfactory or food sense or cause digression in the digestive system. Even the stamina is not affected to a great extent and pregnant ladies can carry on with drills they require doing. At worst, there is the issue of airway constriction.

It is wise if she takes on juices; snacks and timely food to keep her well-fed. Having electronic cigarettes on an empty stomach won’t help matters. It is preferable if she caters to zero nicotine carts. Some smokers feel awkward when there is nothing between their fingers. This way, she will have the desire answered without any nicotine inhalation. Yet, it needs to be reinforced that electronic cigarettes are not an ideal option for pregnant ladies.

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Comments on Glorification of Smoking by Electronic Cigarette

Electronic cigarettes have seemingly brought glorification to the art of smoking. There have been smoking commercials for e-cigs, since they don’t belong to the banned category. Companies like NJOY are whole-heartedly furthering its cause. The popularity and glorification is further cemented by the string-backing of celebrities like Johnny Depp and Catherine Heigl. If the traditional cigarette had a macho image, thanks to the smoke emerging in various shapes and rings, electronic cigarette looks sleeker and more elegant.

What brings glorification?

Undoubtedly, its phrased mechanism is the object of sensationalism. The battery sends macro-electrons to bring the atomizer into activity. The atomizer heats up the e-liquid resulting in the inhalation of nicotine and letting out of water vapor. The cartridge is squishy and sends signals as soon as you put in between your lips. LED light flashes at the front, actually to indicate that your puffing time is over, but essentially to resemble the blaze of traditional cigarettes.

The fumes also appear with more pitch and suaveness from electronic cigarettes adding to its seeming brilliance. The make is almost similar to the regular cigarettes and effects are also similar, but the means are so different that e-cigarettes inadvertently exude glorification.

Where the problem lies

Of course, the mentioned points put e-cigarettes in an attractive light. When you add the flavors like mint and cherry, the result becomes quite alluring for kids. FDA has risen more than its eyebrows against the continuation of electronic cigarettes. They suggest that e-cigarettes are glorifying death. Although even they inherently admit that it is a better option than traditional cigarettes, it is almost like picking the lesser evil according to them.

In their analysis, e-cigarettes cause damage to heart and lungs, reduces stamina, causes airway constriction and can be fatal owing to the presence of nitrosamines and Propylene Glycol. Even if e-cigarettes have won the historic Prohibition battle in court in 2009, it will find it tough to continue unregulated while continuing with the mechanism and effects.

What should be done?

Firstly, electronic cigarettes have to be absolutely honest about its actual effect. It’s true that its nicotine content is miniscule compared to traditional cigarettes. Yet, it is absurd to compare with something that’s hailed as slow poison.

E-cigarettes are after all no smoking cessation unit. It should act on the parlance that e-cigarettes, if picked by chain smokers and regular smokers will undoubtedly improve their mortality rate. Some regulation ought to be imposed on its sale; emphasizing on the assurance that minors may not have easy access. Its boxes should carry some statutory warning. Moreover, there should be some restriction imposed on increased sale of cheaper electronic cigarettes. Of course, with time, e-cigarettes will undergo many changes and turn better with each version.

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