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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 226-230

What should dentists know and advise about electronic cigarettes to their patients

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, H.P. Government Dental College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, Regional Cancer Center, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Shailee Fotedar
Department of Public Health Dentistry, H.P Govt Dental College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0976-433X.195632

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Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered devices that convert nicotine into a vapor which can be inhaled. The vapors from e-cigarettes are complex mixtures of chemicals, not pure nicotine. It is unknown whether inhalation of the complex mixture of chemicals found in e-cigarette vapors is safe. Worldwide use of electronic cigarettes has increased significantly over recent years but varies markedly between countries. The legal status of e-cigarettes is pending in most of the countries which are the need of the hour. The efficacy and effectiveness of e-cigarettes in smoking cessation or reducing the tobacco use are not established. The following review discusses the current data regarding e-cigarette, prevalence of e-cigarette, legislation of e-cigarettes, issues concerned with the use of the e-cigarette, and finally, the dentists being the health caregivers should be prepared to answer the patients' questions about the advisability of using e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation device.

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