E-Cigarettes: Promise or Peril?

Carol A. Riker, Kiyoung Lee, Audrey Darville, Ellen J. Hahn

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Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) use a heating element to vaporize nicotine and other ingredients, simulating the visual, sensory, and behavioral aspects of smoking without the combustion of tobacco. An ever-growing number of companies around the world manufacture a wide variety of e-cigarette brands, despite scant information on the safety of the ingredients for human inhalation. This article provides an overview of the history, production, and marketing of e-cigarettes, the contents of e-cigarettes and vapor, how they are used, public health concerns, and implications for nursing practice, research, and policy development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-171
Number of pages13
JournalNursing Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: Funding was provided by the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky . This work was partially supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government ( NRF-2011-013-D00068 ).


  • Addiction
  • Harm reduction
  • Policy
  • Smoke-free
  • Smoking cessation
  • Tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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