E-cigarettes: promise or peril?

Nurs Clin North Am. 2012 Mar;47(1):159-71. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2011.10.002.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Electrical Equipment and Supplies*
  • Harm Reduction
  • Humans
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Tobacco, Smokeless* / adverse effects
  • Tobacco, Smokeless* / chemistry
  • United States