It seemed like a good idea at the time when electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) were introduced to the market in 2006–2007 as a lower risk alternative for adults who smoke tobacco and as an aid in smoking cessation (
Binns et al., 2018;
- Binns C.
- Lee M.K.
- Low W.Y.
Children and e-cigarettes: A new threat to health.
Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2018; 30: 315-320
Jaber et al., 2018). At the time, because e-cigarettes were not considered tobacco products they were not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (
- Jaber R.M.
- Mirbolouk M.
- DeFillippis A.P.
- Maziak W.
- Keith R.
- Payne T.
- Nasir K.
Electronic cigarette use, prevalence, associated factors, and pattern by cigarette smoking status in the United States from NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) 2013–2014.
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Curran et al., 2018;
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Clinical Pediatrics. 2018; 57: 1191-1198
U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA], 2010). Coincidentally, just seven years ago the authors of this column suggested the use of e-cigarettes for use in conjunction with smoking cessation programs to help teens “kick the habit” (
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA]
Frequently asked questions: Protecting kids from tobacco.
Goldschmidt and Hasson, 2012). At the time the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (
- Goldschmidt K.
- Hasson C.
Can technology assist teen smokers to “Kick the Habit”?.
Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 2012; 27: 277-279
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2010) reported that the rates of teen smoking had stopped declining, had leveled off, and that the goal to reduce teen smoking to less than 16% (
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]
Cigarette uses among high school students—United States, 1991–2009.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2010; 59 (Retrieved from): 798-835
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000) had not been achieved. The idea seemed plausible since technology appeals to teens, using e-cigarettes, where the dose of nicotine is lowered over time, in conjunction with a smoking cessation program run by professionals might appeal to this age group. Although altruistic, in 2010, suggesting an intervention using e-cigarettes may have been too late. At the same time e-cigarettes were being marketed to teens at candy counters in convenience stores and became available in hundreds of different flavors.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Healthy people 2010: Understanding and improving health.
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