Health effects of e-cigarettes and their use for smoking cessation from a vascular perspective: A consensus statement of the German Society of Vascular Medicine endorsed by the European Society of Vascular Medicine

Bernd Krabbe (Lead / Corresponding author), Christine Espinola-Klein, Nasser Malyar, Marianne Brodmann, Lucia Mazzolai, Jill J. F. Belch, Oliver J. Müller, Christian Heiss, ,

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Abstract

Tobacco consumption is one of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Despite all efforts to curb any form of smoking, the number of e-cigarette users is still rising more than tabacco smoking decreases. E-cigarettes are often advertised as less harmful than regular cigarettes and helpful for smoking cessation. But e-cigarettes are not riskfree and their use causes vascular damage. There is concern about long-term health risks of e-cigarettes or when nonsmokers use them as first nicotine contact. Furthermore, their use for smoking cessation is discussed controversially. To optimize treatment and medical counselling of current smokers and e-cigarette users, we present an evidence-based overview of the most important issues of e-cigarette use from a vascular medicine point of view. The key messages are presented as a position statement of the German Society of Vascular Medicine and endorsed by the European Society of Vascular Medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-85
Number of pages5
JournalVASA
Volume52
Issue number2
Early online date3 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023

Keywords

  • E-cigarettes
  • smoking cessation
  • tobacco
  • vascular medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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