Prenatal nicotine intake during pregnancy may lead to systolic blood pressure issue among offsprings: Study

Mothers who consumed snus, which is moist powdered smokeless tobacco that contains nicotine, during their pregnancy, their offsprings are likely to suffer from systolic blood pressure, says a recent study. Snus, when placed between gums and upper lip delivers high doses of nicotine yet, does not include the combustible by-products found in smoked tobacco. Unlike typical American chewing tobacco or dip, there is no need to spit when using snus. According to study, nicotine use during pregnancy, regardless of whether it is in snus, cigarettes, smoked tobacco or vaped tobacco products, is not safe and may have a negative impact on the future health of the child. The current study isolated nicotine exposure by studying women, who used only Swedish snus during pregnancy. Previous studies of women, who smoke during pregnancy, have consistently found adverse effects, including preterm birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth. In this study, the researchers measured blood pressure and heart rate among 21 children, five to six years of age, whose mothers used snus during pregnancy and 19 children of similar ages whose mothers used no tobacco products during pregnancy. They found that the systolic blood pressure of the children exposed to snus was 4.2 mmHg higher than the children with no nicotine exposu