Electronic cigarettes and health – the basics

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As the debate over regulating electronic cigarettes heats up and FDA propose new regulations, Risk Bites provides a short primer on e-cigs and health.

Please check the Further Information below for links to more information and resources. And don’t forget to join the conversation in the comments.

(Based on Electronic Cigarettes. The good, the bad, and the … intriguing: http://youtu.be/fAPoMjHMFHI)

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Andrew Maynard
David Faulkner
Alyssa Berry

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Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_cigarette

A Harmful Cigarette: MTSG, March 19 2013. http://www.mindthesciencegap.org/2013/03/19/a-harmless-cigarette/

e-Cigarettes. JAMA, January 8 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jama.2013.279164


FDA web page on electronic cigarettes: http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm172906.htm

Proposed new regulations from FDA:

FDA Evaluation of E-Cigarettes (May 4 2009). http://www.fda.gov/downloads/drugs/scienceresearch/ucm173250.pdf

WebMD: E-Cigarettes: Expert Q&A With the CDC. http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20131112/e-cigarettes-cdc

WebMD: E-Cigarettes: Separating Fiction From Fact. Jan 3 2014. http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/news/20140103/e-cigarettes-separating-fiction-from-fact

Washinton Post (March 24 2014) Do e-cigarettes help people quit smoking? New study raises doubts http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/03/24/do-e-cigarettes-help-people-quit-smoking-new-study-raises-doubts/

Notes from the Field: Electronic Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2012. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6235a6.htm?s_cid=mm6235a6_w

Secondary Exposure to E-cigarette Emission Might be Harmful to Health. FDA Advisory No. 2013-015. June 26 2013. http://www.fda.gov.ph/advisories/food/80233-fda-advisory-no-2013-015

Secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes contains nicotine but not other toxins: study. Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/03/us-e-cigarette-idUSBREA020K820140103

Metal and Silicate Particles Including Nanoparticles Are Present in Electronic Cigarette Cartomizer Fluid and Aerosol. Williams et al. PloS One March 20 2013. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0057987 http://dx.doi.org/1 0.1371/journal.pone.0057987

Nicotine Side Effects. Drugs.com. http://www.drugs.com/sfx/nicotine-side-effects.html

How Toxic is Nicotine? Think Big October 18 2013. http://bigthink.com/experts-corner/nicotine-is-not-as-toxic-as-we-think

Evaluating the harm caused by nicotine products. Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs. http://drugscience.org.uk/external-resources/nicotine-mcda-briefing/


New York Times (April 24 2014) F.D.A. Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/health/fda-will-propose-new-regulations-for-e-cigarettes.html?_r=0

Regulations expected soon on e-cigarettes. Sacramento Bee, January 10 2014. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/10/6062228/regulations-expected-soon-on-e.html

Awaiting FDA, states pursue their own e-cigarette rules. Washington Post, October 19 2013. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2013/10/29/awaiting-fda-states-pursue-their-own-e-cigarette-rules/

The E-Cigarette Industry, Waiting to Exhale. New York Times, October 26 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/business/the-e-cigarette-industry-waiting-to-exhale.html

In One Of His Last Acts As Mayor Of New York City, Michael Bloomberg Bans E-Cigarettes In Public. Business Insider December 31 2013. http://www.businessinsider.com/new-york-city-e-cigarette-ban-2013-12


Cannabis Drug Info, Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs: http://drugscience.org.uk/drugs-info/cannabis/

E-cigarettes packed with marijuana oil set to boom in Colorado. NY Daily News January 6 2014. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pot-boom-e-cigs-sales-set-soar-colo-article-1.1567304

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