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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    E-cigs from a public health perspective

    Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) have experienced rapid growth in popularity, but little is known about how they are used.

    Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, in Hershey, surveyed the pattern of e-cig use and their impact on tobacco use.

    First, the details.

    • 104 experienced e-cig users were interviewed.

    And, the results.

    • 78% of e-cig users hadn’t used any tobacco in the prior 30 days.
      • Previously, they smoked an average of 25 cigarettes per day.
      • They tried to quit smoking an average of 9 times before starting e-cigs.
    • Two-thirds had tried to quit smoking using an FDA-approved smoking cessation medication.
    • Most had used e-cigs daily for at least a year.
    • Three quarters started using e-cigs in order to quit smoking.
      • Almost all felt that the e-cig helped them succeed in quitting smoking.
    • Two-thirds used e-cig liquid with a medium to high concentration of nicotine (13 mg +).
    • Only 8% were using the most widely sold types of cigarette-sized e-cigs that are typically powered by a single 3.7-volt battery.
    • Instead most used e-cigs designed to enable the atomizer to more consistently achieve a hotter more intense vapor.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded that the medical community needs more data before recommending e-cig.

    “However, for those who have successfully switched to e-cigs, the priority should be staying off cigarettes, rather than quitting e-cigs.”

    In other words, it’s preferable to be hooked on e-cigs than cigarettes.

    11/21/11 21:32 JR

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