Response to stories suggesting that e-cigarettes are as dangerous as tobacco, or worse, during pregnancy.

Articles on Friday 12th February 2016 in the Daily Mail and the Telegraph reported that “women smokers are misguided in their belief that it is safer to switch to electronic cigarettes when pregnant” and that “e-cigarettes could cause the same developmental problems as smoking.”

Professor Peter Hajek, Director of Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University London, said:

“The story is based on an unpublished presentation and so the actual data cannot be checked, but in most such studies, animals are exposed to doses many times above any realistic human exposure and the results have little relevance for vapers. Most importantly though, no comparison with effects of cigarette smoke was made and so the conclusion that vaping could be worse than smoking has nothing to do with the study findings.”