Monthly Archives: April 2014

Smoke Screen: Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

Television advertisements for cigarettes have been banned in the U.S. since 1971, but in the past few years supposedly healthier, battery-powered alternatives have landed numerous prime-time appearances. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, as they are known, soaked up the spotlight in recent Super Bowl commercials, on late-night talk shows and in a comedy sketch during the… Read More »

Are Electronic Cigarettes a Public Good or Health Hazard?

When electronic cigarettes first appeared a little over a decade ago, they were hailed by many as a godsend: a tool to help smokers quit while mitigating the most harmful effects of tobacco. “The [e-cigarette] market is producing, at no cost to the taxpayer, an emerging triumph of public health,” one health advocate said. Consisting… Read More »

IJERPH | Free Full-Text | Characteristics, Perceived Side Effects and Benefits of Electronic Cigarette Use: A Worldwide Survey of More than 19,000 Consumers

1. Introduction Electronic cigarettes (ECs) have been marketed in recent years as alternatives to smoking. They are battery-operated devices, used to vaporise a liquid that may or may not contain nicotine. The main ingredients of liquids are propylene glycol, glycerol and several flavourings. A large variety of devices are available, from small cigarette-like devices consisting… Read More »