Vaping in pregnancy increases a child’s risk of asthma, new research suggests.
E-cigarettes may cause the potentially life-threatening lung condition even if they do not contain nicotine, a study found.
Lead author Dr Pawan Sharma from the University of Technology Sydney, said: ‘There is a perception that vaping is a safer alternative to cigarette smoking and it is increasingly being viewed as a tool to help quit smoking during pregnancy.
‘Our study demonstrates that maternal vaping is associated with impaired lung function and an increased risk of asthma in offspring.’
Asthma affects around 5.4million people in the UK. It has no cure and can cause deadly attacks if poorly controlled.