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Electronic Cigarettes: Aggregate HarmE-Cigarettes: Aggregate Harm

Thaddeus Bartter, MD
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This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 12 May 2015.


From University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Disclosures: Authors have disclosed no conflicts of interest. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M15-0450.

Editors' Disclosures: Christine Laine, MD, MPH, Editor in Chief, reports that she has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Darren B. Taichman, MD, PhD, Executive Deputy Editor, reports that he has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Cynthia D. Mulrow, MD, MSc, Senior Deputy Editor, reports that she has no relationships or interests to disclose. Deborah Cotton, MD, MPH, Deputy Editor, reports that she has no financial relationships or interest to disclose. Jaya K. Rao, MD, MHS, Deputy Editor, reports that she has stock holdings/options in Eli Lilly and Pfizer. Sankey V. Williams, MD, Deputy Editor, reports that he has no financial relationships or interests to disclose. Catharine B. Stack, PhD, MS, Deputy Editor for Statistics, reports that she has stock holdings in Pfizer.

Requests for Single Reprints: Thaddeus Bartter, MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham, Mail Slot 555, Little Rock, AR 72205; e-mail, tbartter@uams.edu.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: T. Bartter.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: T. Bartter.

Drafting of the article: T. Bartter.


Ann Intern Med. 2015;163(1):59-60. doi:10.7326/M15-0450
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Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have been promoted as a means to reduce the use of combustible cigarettes. In this commentary, the author argues that e-cigarettes pose a grave danger as gateways to lifelong addiction and the use of combustible cigarettes.

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