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Counseling Patients on the Use of Electronic Cigarettes: Ebbert, J.O., Aqunwamba, A.A., and Rutten, L.J.

Counseling Patients on the Use of Electronic Cigarettes

Monday, January 5, 2015

Published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Abstract

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have substantially increased in popularity. Clear evidence about the safety of e-cigarettes is lacking, and laboratory experiments and case reports suggest these products may be associated with potential adverse health consequences. The effectiveness of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation is modest and appears to be comparable to the nicotine patch combined with minimal behavioral support. Although a role for e-cigarettes in the treatment of tobacco dependence may emerge in the future, the potential risk of e-cigarettes outweighs their known benefit as a recommended tobacco treatment strategy by clinicians. Patients should be counseled on the known efficacy and potential risks of e-cigarettes.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25572196