The relative risks and benefits of e-cigarettes for public health are a subject of ongoing controversy. Some highlight their potential dangers, such as rapid uptake by adolescents, many of whom are nicotine naïve when they start. Others argue that they are a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking and promote quitting, the benefits outweighing the risks.
Recent research in Addiction published on May 11, 2022, found that e-cigarette use may have adverse effects on several mental health measures, supporting arguments against them. So, in the end, what should we think about them, and are they good or bad? And what should we tell our patients and clients?