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E-cigarettes in ENT: what do we need to know?

  • N Stobbs (a1), A Lillis (a2) and N Kumar (a3)

E-cigarette use in the UK is increasing and we are commonly encountering patients in the ENT clinic who are e-cigarette smokers. Currently, there is no regulatory body or licensing for e-cigarettes. This means that the contents, and therefore potential carcinogenic and toxic risks, can vary greatly from product to product. Patients are starting to ask about the risks of e-cigarettes and their use in smoking cessation.


This review aimed to examine the regulations, trends, and carcinogenic and health risks of e-cigarettes, and summarise the evidence for their use in smoking cessation. It also aimed to provide a general awareness regarding the advice and information that can be safely given to patients.

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Address for correspondence: Miss Nicola Stobbs, C/o ENT Secretaries, Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan Lane, Wigan WN1 2NN, UK E-mail:
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