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    E-cigarettes and the ob/gyn: Key safety information for prenatal counseling

     

    Dr. Phelan is Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She is also a member of the Contemporary OB/GYN Editorial Board.

    Ms. Mahoney is Director, the Providers Partnership Project, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC.

    Neither author has a conflict of interest to disclose with respect to the content of this article.

     

     

    Until very recently, the discussion of tobacco use with patients, especially pregnant patients, was straightforward: No use was the best use.

    Counseling and patient support, stronger tobacco control laws, and other measures have resulted in a slow but steady decline in prenatal cigarette use (from 18.4% in 1990 to 12.3% in 2010).1 However, the emergence of novel nicotine delivery vehicles in the United States has complicated the tobacco control landscape. Table 1 outlines these novel products, which generally contain either tobacco-derived or synthetically produced nicotine and are not combusted.2-5 

    Sharon T. Phelan, MD
    Dr. Phelan is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
    Jeanne Mahoney, RN, BSN
    Ms. Mahoney is Director, the Providers Partnership Project, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC.

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