Last update: Nov. 17, 2014

Electronic cigarette

Low Risk for breastfeeding

Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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Nicotine levels in the blood of the mother (hence in mother's milk as well) are ten times lower than that reached in women's who smoke normal cigarettes. However, because of concomitant appearance of chemical products in the electronic cigarettes that are considered to be toxic, the lack of information of effects on the heath welfare and a high risk of becoming a long-lasting substitute of tobacco consumption, it should not be used as a replacement therapy. For this purpose is recommended the use of nicotine patches or chewing gum.

Nicotine excretion is lower at two hours after inhalation.


Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

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Variable Value Unit
Bioavailability 30 %
Molecular weight 162 daltons
Protein Binding 5 %
Tmax 2 - 4 hours
T1/2 2 hours
M/P ratio 1,5 - 3 -


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