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American Heart Association Changes Stance on E-Cigs

The American Heart Association announced a subtle change to its policy regarding electronic cigarettes. The AHA now recommends “If a patient has failed initial treatment, has been intolerant to or refuses to use conventional smoking cessation medication, and wishes to use e-cigarettes to aid quitting, it is reasonable [for a clinician] to support the attempt. However, patients should be informed that although e-cigarette aerosol is likely to be much less toxic than cigarette smoking, the products are unregulated, may contain low levels of toxic chemicals, and have not been proven to be effective as cessation devices.”

For more, see the Associated Press article here.

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