Newswise — The February 2021 issue of the American Journal of Public Health features a special section on the growing evidence base about electronic nicotine dispensing systems, both their hazards and potential utility in reducing tobacco dependence.


Should E-Cigarette Regulation Be Based on Randomized Trials or Observational Studies?

In a systematic review, Wang et al. (p. 230) considered several types of evidence about the effects of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) on smoking cessation. Read full text here.


Is Good Enough Good Enough? E-Cigarettes, Evidence, and Policy

In 2017, under the leadership of Scott Gottlieb, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) opened the door to considering e-cigarettes as a harm-reduction product. Read full text here.


E-Cigarettes: A Public Health Threat, Not a Population Health Intervention

Cigarette smoking is the single most deadly personal behavior in human history and remains a potent population health threat. Today in the United States, one in five deaths can be attributed to cigarette smoking. Recent models suggest that even if we were to magically cease cigarette smoking today, some 200,000 life-years will be lost in coming years because of past cigarette smoking. Read full text here.


Reporting Certainty of Evidence on E-Cigarette Use for Adult Smoking Cessation

GRADE can be used to assess certainty of evidence in the two distinct bodies of evidence that Wang et al. discuss in their article on e-cigarette use for adult smoking cessation: RCTs of e-cigarettes as a prescription therapy and observational studies of e-cigarettes as consumer products. Read full text here.

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