Effective Smoking Cessation Tool Or A New Way For Children

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Effective Smoking Cessation Tool or A New Way for Children to be Introduced to Nicotine?
Why We Need E-Cigarette Health Policy.
Jennifer A. Sibley, RN, BSN
University of Florida

Effective Smoking Cessation Tool or A New Way for Children to be Introduced to Nicotine?
Why We Need E-Cigarette Health Policy.
Background and Significance
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, were invented in 2004 by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik following his father’s death from lung cancer (CASAA, 2012). With the intention of offering a safer alternative to traditional tobacco, e-cigarettes quickly emerged in other markets around the world including Europe in 2006 and the United States (U.S.) by 2007 (TCLC, 2011). The device works via battery to heat liquid nicotine and an atomizer then turns the liquid into a vapor which is inhaled by the user. E-cigarettes, now readily available in convenience stores, mall kiosks and gas stations, come in many forms ranging from disposable cigarette-like devices to pen-like refillable devices with flavors such as bubblegum, chocolate and mint (TCLC, 2011; NIH, 2014). The speed with which e-cigarettes have gained popularity across the U.S. has placed manufacturers, tobacco control lobbyists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at odds regarding the regulation of sales, marketing and use of the devices (TCLC, 2011).
Relevant Research and Problem Indicators
Big tobacco companies have now jumped on the e-cigarette
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