Translations:ENDS Toxicity / Carcinogenic/10/en
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- Many consumers are misinformed about the harms of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
- Many adults believe, erroneously, that ENDS are as harmful as combustible tobacco products, and the level of public understanding has deteriorated over time. In 2012, only11.5% of respondents to a national survey held this view. By 2015, 35.7% of respondents mistakenly believed that the harm associated with electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) was “about the same” as that of smoking conventional cigarettes.
- Thus, public misunderstanding underscores the urgent need for consumer education about the absolute and relative risks posed by different tobacco products and to reinvigorate smokers’ understanding of the importance of quitting combustible tobacco.
- Although the long-term effects of ENDS are not known, current-generation ENDS are markedly less harmful than combustible tobacco products
- Some early evidence suggests that e-cigarettes may help some smokers reduce or quit combustible tobacco use.
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