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Demystifying Electronic Cigarette Use in Pregnancy

Farquhar, Brooke BS; Mark, Katrina MD; Terplan, Mishka MD, MPH; Chisolm, Margaret S. MD

doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000100
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Electronic cigarettes (ECIGs) are a relatively recent phenomenon, serving a dual role as a potential smoking-cessation tool and an alternative nicotine-delivery system. Although research has addressed the use of ECIGs in general populations, its use during pregnancy has not been studied. The authors seek to inform readers about the current evidence base regarding ECIG use in general and to describe a patient who began using ECIGs regularly during pregnancy as a smoking cessation tool. Continued research is needed to inform patients about the potential risks and benefits of ECIG use, including during pregnancy.

From the University of Maryland (BF, KM, MT), Baltimore; and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (MSC), Baltimore, MD.

Send correspondence and reprint requests to Katrina Mark, MD, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 11 S Paca Street, Suite 400, Baltimore, MD 21201. E-mail:

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Received September 10, 2014

Accepted November 16, 2014

© 2015 American Society of Addiction Medicine