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E-cigarettes in ENT: what do we need to know?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 April 2016

N Stobbs*
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Camberley, UK
A Lillis
Affiliation:
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Camberley, UK
N Kumar
Affiliation:
Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, Wigan, UK
*
Address for correspondence: Miss Nicola Stobbs, C/o ENT Secretaries, Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan Lane, Wigan WN1 2NN, UK E-mail: Nicolastobbs@doctors.org.uk
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Abstract

Background:

E-cigarette use in the UK is increasing and we are commonly encountering patients in the ENT clinic who are e-cigarette smokers. Currently, there is no regulatory body or licensing for e-cigarettes. This means that the contents, and therefore potential carcinogenic and toxic risks, can vary greatly from product to product. Patients are starting to ask about the risks of e-cigarettes and their use in smoking cessation.

Objectives:

This review aimed to examine the regulations, trends, and carcinogenic and health risks of e-cigarettes, and summarise the evidence for their use in smoking cessation. It also aimed to provide a general awareness regarding the advice and information that can be safely given to patients.

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Copyright © JLO (1984) Limited 2016 

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