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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2018) Public health consequences of e-cigarettes. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.


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.

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Item Type
Publication Type
International, Report, Review
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
Prevention, Harm reduction
January 2018
Identification #
680 p.
National Academies Press
Corporate Creators
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Place of Publication
Washington, DC

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