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Practise Patterns and Perceptions of Chest Health Care Providers on Electronic Cigarette Use: An In-Depth Discussion and Report of Survey Results

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 April 2017

Stephen R. Baldassarri*
Affiliation:
Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Geoffrey L. Chupp
Affiliation:
Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Frank T. Leone
Affiliation:
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, & Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Graham W. Warren
Affiliation:
Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Benjamin A. Toll
Affiliation:
Department of Public Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston, SC Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
*
Address for correspondence: Stephen R. Baldassarri, M.D., Yale School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Medicine, 300 Cedar Street, TAC-441 South, P.O. Box 208057, New Haven, CT 06520–8057, USA. Email: stephen.baldassarri@yale.edu

Abstract

Introduction: The emergence of electronic cigarettes (ECs) has become a growing phenomenon that has sharply split opinion among the public health community, physicians, and lawmakers.

Aims: We sought to determine chest physician perceptions regarding ECs.

Methods: We conducted a web-based survey of 18,000 American College of Chest Physician (CHEST) members to determine health care provider experiences with EC users and to characterise provider perceptions regarding ECs.

Results/Findings: There were 994 respondents. Eighty-eight per cent reported that patients had asked their opinion of ECs, and 31% reported EC use among at least 10% of their patients. More disagreed than agreed (41% vs. 21%) that patients could improve their health by switching from tobacco smoking to daily EC use. Respondents were split on whether ECs promote tobacco cessation (32% agree vs. 33% disagree).

Conclusions: Current perceptions of ECs are variable among providers. More than 1/3 of respondents felt that EC's could be used for smoking cessation for smokers who failed prior quit attempts with approved therapies. However, many respondents were not convinced that ECs will reduce harms from tobacco use. There is an urgent need to generate additional high quality scientific data regarding ECs to inform chest physicians, health professionals, and the general public.

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