Doctors Divided on Safety, Use of E-Cigarettes

A man in office smoking with electronic cigaretteRecent research indicates that doctors want deeper investigation of electronic cigarettes since they find it difficult to answer patients’ questions about the devices.

Key takeaways:

  • 34 percent of patient questions were about the side effects and dangers of e-cigarettes.
  • 27 percent of the questions were about general safety while another 19 percent were about using e-cigarettes to stop smoking.
  • The specific focus of the studies should be on the side-effects and safety of e-cigarettes as well as whether e-cigarettes can aid people to quit the traditional combustible cigarettes.

“The big question for me, working in tobacco control, is what’s the best way for physicians to counsel their patients about electronic cigarettes,” said co-lead study author Cati Brown-Johnson.

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