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Tobacco & Smoking Cessation

E-Cigarettes - Are They Safe? An Update for Primary Care Physicians 

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

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Issue I: E-cigarettes: An Update for Primary Care Physicians
Issue II: E-cigarettes: Practices in Primary Care Survey Results
Issue III - E-cigarettes: Resources You Can Use

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