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Electronic cigarettes: patterns of use, health effects, use in smoking cessation and regulatory issues

Overview of attention for article published in Tobacco Induced Diseases, January 2014
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#27 of 303)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (93rd percentile)
  • Good Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (66th percentile)

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18 tweeters
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4 Facebook pages
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15 Wikipedia pages
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Title
Electronic cigarettes: patterns of use, health effects, use in smoking cessation and regulatory issues
Published in
Tobacco Induced Diseases, January 2014
DOI 10.1186/1617-9625-12-21
Pubmed ID
Authors

Muhammad Rahman, Nicholas Hann, Andrew Wilson, Linda Worrall-Carter

Abstract

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered devices that vaporize a liquid solution to deliver a dose of inhaled nicotine to the user. There is ongoing debate regarding their regulation. This comprehensive narrative review aimed to discuss key issues including usage patterns, health effects, efficacy in smoking cessation and regulatory concerns with a view to informing future regulation and research agendas. PubMed, Scopus and Web of Science databases were searched using the terms (electronic cigarettes OR e-cigarettes) for articles in English, relevant to humans and published during January 2009-January 2014. The literature search revealed 37 relevant articles. Findings suggest that e-cigarettes are mostly used by middle-aged current smokers, particularly males, to help them for quitting or for recreation. E-cigarettes contain very low levels of multiple toxic substances such as formaldehyde and acrolein, but these levels are many times lower than those found in cigarettes. They were found to have effectiveness in aiding smoking cessation to a limited degree. Debate continues regarding regulating their use for cessation versus heavy restrictions to control recreational use on the basis that it perpetuates nicotine addiction. The cytotoxicity and long term health effects of e-cigarettes are unknown. Nevertheless the e-cigarette market continues to expand, largely driven by middle-aged smokers who claim to be using e-cigarettes in an attempt to reduce or quit smoking. E-cigarettes may have some potential as smoking cessation aids and, in the researchers' view, should therefore be subject to further research and regulation similar to other nicotine replacement therapies.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 150 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 32 21%
Researcher 23 15%
Student > Master 22 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 11%
Other 13 9%
Other 26 17%
Unknown 18 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 27 18%
Psychology 16 11%
Nursing and Health Professions 14 9%
Social Sciences 11 7%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 10 7%
Other 37 25%
Unknown 35 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 22. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 November 2021.
All research outputs
#1,323,662
of 21,080,403 outputs
Outputs from Tobacco Induced Diseases
#27
of 303 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#21,651
of 343,725 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Tobacco Induced Diseases
#3
of 6 outputs
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