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October 2015

e-Cigarettes—The Roles of Regulation and Clinicians

Author Affiliations
  • 1Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • 2American Academy of Pediatrics, Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence, Elk Grove Village, Illinois
  • 3Northeastern University School of Law, Public Health Advocacy Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4MGH Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(10):1603-1604. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.4436

e-Cigarettes are a rapidly evolving category of battery-operated devices that heat nicotine, flavor additives, and chemicals to the point of areolation. Users generally refer to the inhalation of the aerosolized nicotine and chemicals as “vaping.” According to a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 13% of high school students in the United States have tried e-cigarettes.1 In our research, we found substantial annual increases in e-cigarette use among adults from 2010 to 2013. The prevalence of having tried an e-cigarette increased from 1.8% to 13.0%, and the prevalence of current e-cigarette use increased from 0.3% to 6.8%.2

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