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Journal of Thoracic Oncology:
doi: 10.1097/JTO.0000000000000129
Commentary

E-Cigarettes and Cancer Patients

Cummings, K. Michael PhD, MPH; Dresler, Carolyn M. MD, MPA; Field, John K. PhD, FRCPath; Fox, Jesme MB ChB, MBA; Gritz, Ellen R. PhD; Hanna, Nasser H. MD; Ikeda, Norihiko MD, PhD; Jassem, Jacek MD, PhD; Mulshine, James L. MD; Peters, Matthew J. MD, FRACP; Yamaguchi, Nise H. MD, PhD; Warren, Graham MD, PhD; Zhou, Caicun MD, PhD

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Abstract

The increasing popularity and availability of electronic cigarettes (i.e., e-cigarettes) in many countries have promoted debate among health professionals as to what to recommend to their patients who might be struggling to stop smoking or asking about e-cigarettes. In the absence of evidence-based guidelines for using e-cigarettes for smoking cessation, some health professionals have urged caution about recommending them due to the limited evidence of their safety and efficacy, while others have argued that e-cigarettes are obviously a better alternative to continued cigarette smoking and should be encouraged. The leadership of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer asked the Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation Committee to formulate a statement on the use of e-cigarettes by cancer patients to help guide clinical practice. Below is this statement, which we will update periodically as new evidence becomes available.

Copyright © 2014 by the European Lung Cancer Conference and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

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