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Special Issue "Electronic Cigarette Use and Public Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos

Department of Cardiology, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Sygrou 356, Kallithea 17674, Greece
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Interests: electronic cigarettes; tobacco harm reduction; cardiovascular imaging
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Walton Sumner

Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Electronic cigarettes continue to gain popularity and acceptance by consumers, but the public health community is divided on the potential benefits or adverse effects from their use. Contradictory opinions on safety/risk assessment and population effects dominate the discussion. Despite all this, research on electronic cigarettes is intense and continuously growing. Important issues to be addressed include characterizing aerosol chemistry and the risk difference compared to smoking, improving the quality of products, assessing population effects in both adults and youth, evaluating the impact on the smoking status of users, examining use by never-smokers, and, of course, defining appropriate regulatory decisions since they are expected to affect population perceptions, acceptability and adoption of use. Additional issues such as the proper definition of current use and dual use, and the importance of determining frequency of use are vital in assessing the overall population effects. Electronic cigarettes remain an exciting field of research.

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health invited me to be the Guest Editor for this Special Issue, titled “Electronic Cigarette Use and Public Health”. I invite you to submit your research, analyses and opinion, in order to better understand and explore the e-cigarette phenomenon, and advance the scientific debate and knowledge.

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos
Prof. Dr. Walton Sumner
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Public Health
  • Nicotine
  • Tobacco
  • Smoking

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Open AccessArticle Online Vape Shop Customers Who Use E-Cigarettes Report Abstinence from Smoking and Improved Quality of Life, But a Substantial Minority Still Have Vaping-Related Health Concerns
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(7), 798; doi:10.3390/ijerph14070798
Received: 8 May 2017 / Revised: 28 June 2017 / Accepted: 12 July 2017 / Published: 17 July 2017
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(1) Background: Characteristics and usage patterns of vapers (e-cigarette users) have mainly been studied in web-based convenience samples or in visitors of brick-and-mortar vape shops. We extended this by targeting customers of one particular online vape shop in the Netherlands; (2) Methods: Customers
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(1) Background: Characteristics and usage patterns of vapers (e-cigarette users) have mainly been studied in web-based convenience samples or in visitors of brick-and-mortar vape shops. We extended this by targeting customers of one particular online vape shop in the Netherlands; (2) Methods: Customers were questioned on their smoking history, current smoking and vaping status, reasons for vaping, perceived harmfulness, and potential health changes due to vaping; (3) Results: Almost everyone (99%, 95% CI 0.96, 1.00) smoked before they started vaping. A great majority agreed that unlike with other smoking-cessation aids, they could quit smoking (81%, 95% CI 0.79, 0.90) due to vaping. Almost all customers were regular vapers (93.6%, 95% CI 0.89, 0.96) who used state-of-the-art open system devices without modifications and e-liquid with 10 mg/mL nicotine on average. Vapers reported using e-cigs to quit smoking, because e-cigs are healthier, and for financial reasons. The majority (52.6%, 95% CI 0.46, 0.60) perceived vaping as not that harmful to not harmful at all, but one fifth (21.8%, 95% CI 0.16, 0.28) believed vaping to be harmful. More than half (57.8%, 95% CI 0.50, 0.65) reported gaining more pleasure from vaping than from smoking. A substantial majority (84.2%, 95% CI 0.78, 0.89) agreed that their health had improved since they started vaping; (4) Conclusions: Findings are similar to those obtained in other vape shop studies, but also to the results of convenience samples of less-well-defined populations. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Why Don’t More Smokers Switch to Using E-Cigarettes: The Views of Confirmed Smokers
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(6), 647; doi:10.3390/ijerph14060647
Received: 21 April 2017 / Revised: 8 June 2017 / Accepted: 13 June 2017 / Published: 16 June 2017
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Whilst e-cigarettes have been characterised by Public Health England as being around 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco products, only a minority of current smokers (around 16% within the UK) are using these devices. In this paper we report the results of an
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Whilst e-cigarettes have been characterised by Public Health England as being around 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco products, only a minority of current smokers (around 16% within the UK) are using these devices. In this paper we report the results of an online survey of 650 smokers in contact with a smokers’ rights group in the UK. A total of 91% of the smokers surveyed were smoking on a daily basis. Fifty nine percent reported having used electronic nicotine delivery systems, the majority of whom reported having used e-cigarettes. Those smokers that had not used these devices principally explained this in terms of the pleasure they derived from smoking. The features smokers’ liked most about e-cigarette had to do with the range of settings in which they could be used, the lack of an offensive smell associated with their use, the available flavours and the reduced level of harm. The elements which smokers liked least about e-cigarettes had to do with the vaping experience, the technology, the chemical nature of e-liquids and the complex technology that was associated with these devices. If a greater number of smokers are to be encouraged to take up e-cigarettes, it will be necessary not only to convey accurate information on the relative harm of these devices (compared to combustible tobacco products), but to ensure that they are able to be used in a wider range of settings than those within which smoking can currently occur and that the vaping experience more closely resembles the smoking experience. Full article
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