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Journal of Addiction Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000043
Clinical Case Conference

Electronic Cigarettes: A Review of Safety and Clinical Issues

Weaver, Michael MD, FASAM; Breland, Alison PhD; Spindle, Tory BS; Eissenberg, Thomas PhD

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Abstract

This clinical case conference discusses 3 cases of patients using electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes, also referred to as electronic nicotine delivery systems or “e-cigarettes,” generally consist of a power source (usually a battery) and a heating element (commonly referred to as an atomizer) that vaporize a solution (e-liquid). The user inhales the resulting vapor. E-liquids contain humectants such as propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerin, flavorings, and usually, but not always, nicotine. Each patient's information is an amalgamation of actual patients and is presented and then followed by a discussion of clinical issues.

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