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03/04/2015 at 23:12
Hi, I just wanted some advice. Im currently doing driving lessons, I've got a new instructor who smokes e cigerettes a few times throughout the lesson. I've got a two hour lesson tomorrow. Im currently 5 weeks pregnant and wondering if being an enclosed space with someone smoking these things would impact on me and if it does, should I be saying I can't drive with him anymore as I'd rather put our help first. Im just wondering as pertified something will happen with my pregnancy after my miscarriage last year. My mum and in laws say I should say to him not to smoke it but I don't feel like I can. Just want some advice before tomorrow. He knows im pregnant as I told him on wednesday as was struggling to concentrate
04/04/2015 at 03:14
Hi butterfly. I think regardless of your pregnancy he should not be smoking during lessons... That is so unprofessional!! Would it seem ok if you sat behind your office desk & lit up? Or if a shop worker smoked while serving behind the till?? No.... Of course it wouldn't.. Why does he have the nerve yo think he's any different?!!. You're paying him to teach you to drive, not breathe his nasty smoke! Even if it is an e-cig..it still seems unprofessional to me. If he cant go 2 hours without it he either needs to stop scheduling 2 hour lessons or put a patch on.
from what I've read about e-cigs... the exhaled air from the smoker does still contain nicotine which you would be exposed to (& therefore potentially your baby). there hasn't been much research done on it yet but early info suggests it is about 10 times less than from regular cigarettes... So it is a lot less, but still measurable. The early research also says that whilst there is not the same concoction of harmful chemicals in the exhaled air of e-cigs compared to regular, there has not been enough research to identify what they are & what effect they may have exactly.
so... All in all. I think you are very well justified in asking him to refrain from using them during your lessons. If he refuses, i would absolutely ditch him immediately & go to another instructor. There are plenty of them about & its not worth the worry of any potential risk to your baby (however small). I'm like you... Having miscarried my first 2 pregnancies i'm not prepared to put up with any unnecessary risk with this baby now.
let us know how you get on x
04/04/2015 at 08:05
Oh Butterfly, everything SW2 said and more. You should not have to breathe in the ecigs, esp being pregnant. You should also not be made to feel so uncomfortable about this, but sometimes, it is our British nature to accept this! I suggest when you get into the car for your lesson, you say, i'm very uncomfortable with you smoking your ecig during our lesson, and was hoping you would refrain. If your teacher declines (I could not possibly see how they would say no) just get out the car hon and get a new teacher. Not worth it, and SO unprofessional.
Just remember you are totally in the right here. Let us know what happens x
04/04/2015 at 08:20
Thanks SW2 and Mrsg14, yeah I do think it unprofessional and I find it distracting. He dies it on the hour lessons also. I told him I was pregnant so he would stop but clearly not. I'll see how it goes today and if it comes up ill just say I can go out with him anymore due to the smoking. Thanks again.
08/04/2015 at 08:28
Hi, e-cigarettes don't realise 'smoke' it's vapour. There aren't any suggestions to say they are unsafe but if I'm around someone who is using one I still don't like to breathe that in and I'm not pregnant.
If he's not willing to stop after you have asked him then I would look for a new instructor. It's very unprofessional.
10/04/2015 at 23:03
Hi Mummyto4munchkins, I have since spoken to him as I didn't want to take the chance, he has agreed not to smoke and said he understood my concerns which is good. It was awkward having that discussion but he was actually fine about it so hopefully wont be an issue. Thanks for your post
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