U.S. Surgeon General Issues Warning for Pregnant Women and Teens Smoking or Vaping Marijuana

Young woman about to use a blue vaping device

A public warning against vaping

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams issued a public warning on August 29, 2019, that “smoking or vaping marijuana is dangerous for pregnant women and their developing babies.” At a news conference, Adams described modern marijuana as “far more potent than marijuana produced and sold 20 years ago, with levels of T.H.C. increasing to a range of 12 percent to 25 percent from 4 percent back then. No amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is safe.” Adams continued, “In pregnant women, marijuana is now actually the most commonly used illicit drug.

“Discontinue the drug”

Adams said, “Science shows that marijuana is harmful to the developing brains of teenagers and to the human fetus.” The American Medical Association said it “strongly supports the government’s effort, adding that for some time it has been recommending against marijuana use by teens, pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding.” Likewise, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics, “advise women not to use marijuana during pregnancy, and to discontinue the drug if they find out they are pregnant.”