Electronic cigarette: a possible substitute for cigarette dependence

P. Caponnetto, C. Russo, C.M. Bruno, A. Alamo, M.D. Amaradio, R. Polosa
  • 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
    Institute of Internal Medicine, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria “Policlinico V. Emanuele”, Università di Catania, Catania, Italy | polosa@unict.it

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.

Keywords

Nicotine addiction, Smoking cessation, Smoking reduction, Electronic cigarettes, Tobacco harm reduction

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