OHIO — A new study shows that vaping while pregnant could have long-term effects on children’s lungs.

What You Need To Know

  • This includes products with and without nicotine

  • Asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are two possible long-term health effects

  • Click here to view the study 

Researchers found that “exposure to cigarette vapor in utero or in the womb, whether there's nicotine there or not, causes pulmonary dysfunction in adulthood, and we also found scarring of the lungs as well,” said Dr. Matthew Gorr, senior author of the study and a Research Assistant Professor at Ohio State University's College of Nursing. 

This was determined after exposing pregnant mice to the vapor from e-cigarettes with and without nicotine.

Based on the results, Gorr said researchers stand by the belief that women who are pregnant should not vape for the sake of their kids so that they are not exposed to the possibility of lung disease.

In the meantime, those studying vaping while pregnant are already doing further studies, which includes giving mice allergens to see if they develop more severe forms of asthma than those that were not exposed to vaping in utero.