The Promise and Peril of Vaping

Ellen Boakye, Olufunmilayo H. Obisesan, Albert D. Osei, Omar Dzaye, S. M.Iftekhar Uddin, Glenn A. Hirsch, Michael J. Blaha

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Purpose of Review: The increasing popularity and prevalence of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) use in the USA necessitates careful evaluation of their proposed benefits and potential public health harms. This report provides a detailed review of current scientific evidence on potential benefits and health risks associated with e-cigarette use. Recent Findings: E-cigarettes were introduced as a less harmful alternative to combustible cigarette smoking. However, evidence on their use as effective and safe smoking cessation aids remains inconclusive. Their rapid uptake among tobacco-naive individuals can lead to nicotine addiction and subsequent cigarette smoking. Summary: Although e-cigarettes appear to be relatively safer than combustible cigarettes, they expose users to known harmful constituents whose long-term health risks remain unknown. While e-cigarettes have the potential to aid in cessation of cigarette smoking when used as part of a structured cessation program, use among tobacco-naive youth and long-term dual use with combustible cigarettes should be strongly discouraged due to excess risk with dual use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number155
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reports
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020


  • Benefits
  • Cessation
  • ENDS
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Harm reduction
  • Vaping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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