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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

E-cigarettes - New Publication Announced by CDC

Thursday, September 5, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
This week’s MMWR publication from CDC contains an important article on e-cigarettes. CDC has found that the use of e-cigarettes among middle and high school students more than doubled between 2011 and 2012. Although most of the students who reported using e-cigarettes also report smoking, it is noteworthy that 20% of them report that they have never smoked a cigarette.

E-cigarettes have weighty implications for the cessation community. It is important to remember that although some e-cigarettes have been marketed as smoking cessation aids, there is no conclusive scientific evidence that e-cigarettes promote successful long-term quitting. Recent quitline studies have shown that callers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to still be smoking at 7 months (Vickerman et al, 2013, see link below). Quitline counseling and FDA-approved cessation medications continue to be top of the list for proven cessation strategies and treatments.

NAQC plans to develop some resources on e-cigarettes for the cessation community this fall. We would appreciate hearing your feedback on the types on materials you need.

For more information on today’s newly announced CDC publication, please see: MMWR (see page 729 for article) and press release.


1.Vickerman et al article on e-cigarette use among quitline clients

2. Scientific report,Electronic Cigarettes – An Overview

3.TRDRP (University of California) webcast on e-cigarettes (October 3 from 1-4 pm PT)

4.Policy guidance (from CTFK, ACS, AHA, ALA)

5. ChangeLab Solutions tool,How to Regulate E-Cigarettes and Other Electronic Devices in Your Community

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