Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 569

Full Length Research Paper

Internal medicine resident knowledge and perceptions regarding electronic cigarettes

Ramy Sedhom
  • Ramy Sedhom
  • Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1 Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick NJ 08901, United States of America.
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Abishek Sarkar
  • Abishek Sarkar
  • Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1 Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick NJ 08901, United States of America.
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Sahil Parikh
  • Sahil Parikh
  • Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1 Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick NJ 08901, United States of America.
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  •  Received: 16 September 2016
  •  Accepted: 17 October 2016
  •  Published: 30 November 2016

Abstract

Electronic cigarettes are an important public health concern. Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and morbidity worldwide and is a risk factor for six of the eight leading global causes of death. E-cigarettes have been proposed as an enticing prospect to reduce the harms of conventional tobacco use. However, they are increasingly used by middle-school and high-school students and threaten important barriers that have slowly protected the public against tobacco products including renormalization, price barriers, limitations on advertising and access, and bans on flavoring. Physicians have poor knowledge about the potential harms of e-cigarettes and limited data exists regarding potential long-term outcomes. We explored resident physician beliefs and practices regarding e-cigarettes. Several themes were identified: (1) Conversations regarding e-cigarettes are becoming more frequent in physician offices; (2) A lack of knowledge regarding potential harms and benefits of e-cigarettes exists among resident physicians; (3) Physicians falsely believe that e-cigarettes are safer alternatives to conventional smoking products; (4) More education is needed regarding evidence based smoking cessation techniques.

Key words: Electronic cigarettes, public health, nicotine, smoking.