E-Cigarette Threatens To Renormalize Tobacco Use : American Heart Association
DALLAS -- The American Heart Association, or AHA, acknowledges that e-cigarettes might play a role in helping people quit smoking, but is reluctant to encourage wider use of the devices without further study. "People need to know that e-cigarettes are unregulated and there are many variables that we don't know about them," said Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., the professor who led the team that wrote the AHA's policy statement.
The AHA has long been opposed to tobacco use because it increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, among other unhealthy effects. However, e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco. Instead, users inhale vaporized nicotine as an aerosol. This delivery method is thought to be safer than burning tobacco, but conclusive studies have yet to be published.
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