Electronic Cigarettes: Ongoing Research
Elizabeth Claus & Vivian Lee
Electronic cigarettes have been steadily increasing in popularity over the last few years. The sudden inflation in the use of e-cigarettes has raised interest regarding the safety and composition of these devices. With a large portion of users being adolescents, the concern has prompted investigators to research what the devices contain and try to qualitatively define the chemicals present as well as assess the associated health complications that may arise. Despite the potential health implications associated, e-cigarettes have found a place as an alternative to traditional nicotine replacement therapy as an option for smoking cessation in users who are trying to quit. Recent evidence has indicated a potentially promising place for electronic cigarettes in this facet of the market, however more research is necessary to determine the safety and the future role for these devices.