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Pharmacology, Toxicology

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Public health consequences of e-cigarettes / Committee on the Review of the Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Kathleen Stratton, Leslie Y. Kwan and David L. Eaton, editors Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Health and Medicine Division a consensus study report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine.  

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Millions of Americans use e-cigarettes. Despite their popularity, little is known about their health effects. Some suggest that e-cigarettes likely confer lower risk compared to combustible tobacco cigarettes, because they do not expose users to toxicants produced through combustion. Proponents of e-cigarette use also tout the potential benefits of e-cigarettes as devices that could help combustible tobacco cigarette smokers to quit and thereby reduce tobacco-related health risks. Others are concerned about the exposure to potentially toxic substances contained in e-cigarette emissions, especially in individuals who have never used tobacco products such as youth and young adults. Given their relatively recent introduction, there has been little time for a scientific body of evidence to develop on the health effects of e-cigarettes.

Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes reviews and critically assesses the state of the emerging evidence about e-cigarettes and health. This report makes recommendations for the improvement of this research and highlights gaps that are a priority for future research.