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Nurs Clin North Am. 2012 Mar;47(1):159-71. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2011.10.002.

E-cigarettes: promise or peril?

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Tobacco Policy Research Program, Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, University of Kentucky College of Nursing, 751 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536-0232, USA.

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  • Nurs Clin North Am. 2012 Jun;47(2):315.


Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) use a heating element to vaporize nicotine and other ingredients, simulating the visual, sensory, and behavioral aspects of smoking without the combustion of tobacco. An ever-growing number of companies around the world manufacture a wide variety of e-cigarette brands, despite scant information on the safety of the ingredients for human inhalation. This article provides an overview of the history, production, and marketing of e-cigarettes, the contents of e-cigarettes and vapor, how they are used, public health concerns, and implications for nursing practice, research, and policy development.

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