The risks and benefits of e-cigarette use
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The risks and benefits of e-cigarette use

Pavan Amara Nurse, midwife and health journalist

While vapes have a role as smoking cessation aids, public health concerns include marketing and the prevalence of rogue products

Vapes and e-cigarettes are electronic devices enabling nicotine to be inhaled as a vapour instead of as smoke. They are less harmful than cigarettes because they do not contain carbon monoxide, tar and other toxic chemicals such as arsenic and benzene. A solution in the vape, known as an e-liquid, contains varying strengths of nicotine and sometimes flavourings, allowing for a tapered nicotine withdrawal.

Nursing Standard. 38, 8, 13-14. doi: 10.7748/ns.38.8.13.s7

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