E-Cigarettes: An Update for Primary Care Physicians

E-Cigarettes E-Newsletter

Issue I - 11.2017

In This Issue...

  1. E-Cigarette Article
  2. IL Tobacco Quitline
  3. Resources You Can Use

For additional information about Smoking Cessation, visit IAFP's webpage today!


E-Cigarettes - Are They Safe?

IAFP is pleased to announce the publication of  E-Cigarettes - Are They Safe? An Update for Primary Care Physicians, written by Monica J. Fudala, MD, Northshore University HealthSystem / University of Chicago, Department of Family Medicine, Associate Director of Family Medicine Inpatient Services, Core Faculty for the University of Chicago Family Medicine Residency.

While e-cigarettes are often perceived to be less harmful than traditional cigarettes, the safety and efficacy of using e-cigarettes for tobacco cessation is still unknown. Current guidelines suggest that e-cigarette use should be included in tobacco screening questions at every health examination. It is important that clinicians be educated about e-cigarettes and should be prepared to counsel patients regarding comprehensive cessation strategies. Click on the link below to access the article and earn up to 0.25 AMA PRA Category One Credit(s)TM.

Learning Objectives:

  • List the adverse reactions of e-cigarette usage
  • Explain the limitations of research on e-cigarette usage as a tobacco reduction strategy
  • Describe the uncertainty of amounts of nicotine in ENDS

Click here to access the article.

Click here to complete the post-test and claim credit for the article.

The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:
The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Expiration - June 30, 2019.

Illinois Tobacco Quitline

Refer your patients to the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, a free resource, funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health, for people who want to quit for good. 

Registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and certified tobacco-treatment counselors are on call 7 days a week, 7am-11pm, to answer all of your patients' tobacco-related questions.  

The Quitline serves a diverse client base, with Spanish-speaking counselors and live translation services in over 200 languages!

For free materials and referral forms, visit the Illinois Tobacco Quitline webpage for healthcare professionals.

Online Resources


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