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Am J Med. 2015 Jul;128(7):674-81. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2015.01.033. Epub 2015 Feb 27.

Electronic Cigarettes—A Narrative Review for Clinicians.

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1
Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock. Electronic address: menfil@gmail.com.
2
Department of Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock.

Abstract

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) were introduced into the US market in 2007 and have quickly become a popular source of nicotine for many patients. They are designed to simulate smoking by heating a nicotine-containing solution producing an aerosol that the user inhales. The short- and long-term effects of e-cigarette use are still unclear, but their use is increasing. Some acute effects of e-cigarettes on heart rate, blood pressure, and airway resistance are reported. Although there are some reports of improved cessation in a subset of users, there are also studies reporting decreased cessation in dual users of regular and e-cigarettes. Additionally, there is no current regulation of these devices, and this allows virtually anyone with a form of online payment to obtain them.

KEYWORDS:

Electronic cigarettes; Nicotine; Toxicity; Use patterns

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PMID:
25731134
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjmed.2015.01.033
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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