Posted by:10 February, 2014
Preston W, Ayre S (2014) Are e-cigarettes a safer alternative to smoking? Nursing Times; 110: 7, 20-21.
“The safety of electronic cigarettes has received considerable attention, as people appear to be increasingly using them as an alternative to tobacco.
“Electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDDs) - commonly called e-cigarettes - are electronic devices that mimic real cigarettes. Operated using chargeable batteries, they deliver nicotine through vapour rather than smoke. They usually look like cigarettes, and reproduce the glowing light at the end of a cigarette when it is inhaled, and steam that mimics smoke when it is exhaled. The nicotine content varies and they are made in several strengths.”
What do you think?
- Are e-cigarettes a safe alternative to smoking?
- Can e-cigarettes encourage people to start smoking?
- Are these devices effective in helping a person stop smoking completely?
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