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Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2 hours
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Course Summary

Electronic cigarettes are used to ingest substances such as nicotine and cannabis. They are even used as a source for vitamin supplement. However, there are reports that e-cigarettes may cause serious pulmonary injury. Electronic cigarettes also produce secondhand and thirdhand smoke and vaping can result in measurable air concentrations of nicotine, particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, carcinogens, and other harmful substances. Greater numbers of young people are vaping, with a concern that vaping may be a gateway to other substance use and the potential for developing a substance use disorder. Research on the use of nicotine-containing products continues to evolve as do case studies reporting health complications associated with vaping.

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Course Syllabus

I.       Introduction
II.       Epidemiology of E-Cigarette Use
III.       Components and Function of Electronic Cigarettes
1.        Aerosol Versus Vapor
2.        Components of E-cigarettes
3.        Electronic Cigarette Liquids
IV.       Potential Adverse Health Effects of Vaping
1.        Nicotine and E-Cigarettes
2.        Cardiovascular Health and E-Cigarettes
3.        Pulmonary Effects of Electronic Cigarettes
4.        Cancer
5.        Pregnancy
V.        Electronic Cigarettes and Secondhand Smoke
VI.        Withdrawal
VII.       Specific Injuries
VIII.      Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Cessation
IX.       Electronic Cigarettes and Adolescents
X.       Safe Use of Electronic Cigarettes
XI.       Case Study: Vaping and Spontaneous Pneumothorax
XII.       Summary


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