The Rise in E-Cigarette Use: Challenges from a Public Health Perspective
George Washington University and ICF International have gathered a panel of experts to cover the spectrum of issues related to e-cigarettes, including:
- Challenges and shortcomings in current e-cigarette use measurement
- Uptake of e-cigarettes, trends in e-cigarette use, and their association with patterns of other tobacco product use
- An overview of e-cigarette related indicators on national and subnational surveillance systems of youth and adults, gaps in existing questionnaires, and recommendations for enhancing the content and periodicity of e-cigarette surveillance
- FDA regulation of tobacco products
In the past few years, the use of e-cigarettes has increased rapidly in the United States, with some tobacco control experts projecting that e-cigarette sales could surpass sales of traditional cigarettes in the near future. This rapid rise has stimulated a vigorous debate in the tobacco control community over the potential public health impact of these products and about how best to regulate them.
There are arguments for and against e-cigarette use. Some argue that e-cigarettes may help tobacco cessation efforts while others argue that these products may lead to nicotine addiction among youth, which may eventually lead to use of conventional cigarettes.
- Research and evaluation