Counseling patients on the use of electronic cigarettes

Jon Owen Ebbert, Amenah A. Agunwamba, Lila J Rutten

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-134
Number of pages7
JournalMayo Clinic Proceedings
Volume90
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Counseling patients on the use of electronic cigarettes. / Ebbert, Jon Owen; Agunwamba, Amenah A.; Rutten, Lila J.

In: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol. 90, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 128-134.

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