Study: Vaping while pregnant could lead to birth defects

FILE - In this April 23, 2014 file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago. San Francisco has approved a bill that bans the sale of flavored nicotine-laced liquid used in electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco products. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ban on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Supervisors say that nicotine masked in cotton candy, banana cream, mint and other flavors entices kids into a lifetime of addiction. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A recent study from Virginia Commonwealth University found that using e-cigarettes during pregnancy can cause birth defects.

The defects would affect the baby’s oral cavity and face, according to the study.

The research findings add to scientific evidence that e-cigs do pose health risks, despite them being considered a safer alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Researchers from both the biology and biomedical engineering departments put the study together.

They are the first to investigate whether e-cigarettes could be specifically linked to birth defects, according to Amanda Dickinson, Ph.D.

The researchers stimulated human pregnancy by exposing frog embryos  to saline infused with vapor. Dickinson says frogs are similar to humans while they are embryos.

During these experiments, all frog embryos developed cleft palates in trials for specific e-liquid types.

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