The facts of vaping

Vaping and pregnancy

During pregnancy, it is best to be tobacco free and nicotine free. If you don’t smoke, don’t vape. If you smoke, aim to quit and speak to a stop smoking service if you need help.


If you don’t smoke, don’t vape while pregnant.


Vaping is not harmless, but is likely to be less harmful than smoking while pregnant.

Nicotine is a relatively harmless drug for adults who smoke. However, it is potentially harmful to unborn babies, newborns and children. It is best to be nicotine free when pregnant.

Quitting smoking

The best thing for the health of you and your baby is to quit smoking. Seek support and advice through your local stop smoking service, doctor, midwife or Quitline, and talk to others who have successfully quit.

The whānau come over for a cuppa. Everyone is smoking, so I take bub for a walk around the block to get away from it.

Exploring Why Young Māori Women Smoke, Ministry of Health, 2017

It can be difficult to quit smoking. For pregnant women who are struggling to become tobacco free, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) should be considered. For information about the risks and benefits of vaping to quit smoking, talk to your doctor, midwife or stop smoking service.

The only time I did give up was when I was pregnant with my baby. The taste and the smell of it, I could taste the chemicals.

Exploring Why Young Māori Women Smoke, Ministry of Health, 2017
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