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Pediatr Allergy Immunol Pulmonol. 2015 Mar 1;28(1):2-6.

Electronic Cigarettes: Vulnerability of Youth.

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Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep, and Allergy, Department of Medicine M/C 719, University of Illinois at Chicago , Chicago, Illinois.


Electronic cigarettes have become popular and are heavily promoted as a safer cigarette and an aid to quit smoking. Although they may have value in reducing cigarette use among smokers, they are of limited value in smoking cessation and pose many problems, particularly in children. Nicotine is highly addictive and affects virtually all cells in the body. It is particularly harmful to developing brains and other organs. The electronic nicotine delivery systems are largely uncontrolled and safety risks are manifold. Initiating nicotine use and increasing dependence in the population may be linked with increased tobacco and other addictive substance abuse even if the individual electronic cigarette delivers less harm than a combustible cigarette does.

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