Electronic cigarette: a possible substitute for cigarette dependence

  • P. Caponnetto Centro per la Prevenzione e Cura del Tabagismo (CPCT), Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria “Policlinico V. Emanuele”, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy.
  • C. Russo Centro per la Prevenzione e Cura del Tabagismo (CPCT), Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria “Policlinico V. Emanuele”, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy.
  • C.M. Bruno Institute of Internal Medicine, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria “Policlinico V. Emanuele”, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy.
  • A. Alamo Institute of Internal Medicine, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria “Policlinico V. Emanuele”, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy.
  • M.D. Amaradio Centro per la Prevenzione e Cura del Tabagismo (CPCT), Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria “Policlinico V. Emanuele”, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy.
  • R. Polosa | polosa@unict.it Institute of Internal Medicine, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria “Policlinico V. Emanuele”, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy.

Abstract

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of premature mortality in western countries and it is important for smokers to stop as early as possible. Electronic cigarettes are a popular phenomenon of global proportion. Recent uncontrolled studies, reported that a certain number of smokers have quit using electronic cigarettes. This could hint a role for electronic cigarettes to be used for smoking cessation, and therefore merits further evaluation for this purpose. Besides vaporising nicotine to be inhaled, electronic cigarettes may also provide a coping mechanism for conditioned smoking cues by replacing some of the rituals associated with smoking gestures, and for these reasons cigarette could become a tool – if studied more extensively – in the fight against tobacco-related morbidity and mortality.

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Published
2015-11-26
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Keywords:
Nicotine addiction, Smoking cessation, Smoking reduction, Electronic cigarettes, Tobacco harm reduction
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Caponnetto, P., Russo, C., Bruno, C., Alamo, A., Amaradio, M., & Polosa, R. (2015). Electronic cigarette: a possible substitute for cigarette dependence. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, 79(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2013.104