Perceptions of e-cigarette vary among lung health professionals, survey reveals

At the CHEST Annual Meeting 2016 in Los Angeles, results from an online questionnaire sent to members of the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) earlier this year revealed that perceptions of e-cigarette harms and benefits among lung health professionals vary.

More than two-thirds of the 773 respondents perceive e-cigarettes to be harmful. Opinion is split evenly about whether e-cigarettes effectively promote smoking cessation. While most respondents reported that their patients asked for a professional opinion about e-cigarettes, many providers reported they are not comfortable discussing health effects of these products.

"The survey illustrates that patients are seeking professional advice regarding e-cigarette use, but there is no consensus on the harms and benefits of these products among health care providers," says Dr. Stephen Baldassarri, a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Yale School of Medicine and lead researcher. "Data on these products are limited and providers may be offering conflicting recommendations. This emphasizes the need for more thorough investigation on the risks, benefits and relative harm of e-cigarettes compared to traditional tobacco smoking."


  1. Bill Tarling Bill Tarling Canada says:

    When doctors mainly gather their opinions based on media coverage or conflict-of-interest Pharma misinformation, it's no wonder the medical associations avoid educating with actually proof or real studies.

    More needs to be done to actually acknowledge study reports rather than fluff articles if doctors are to even consider advising their patients to switch to a safer alternative to smoking (one that actually has a demonstrated high success rate as vaping has shown).

  2. Kevin Crowley Kevin Crowley United States says:

    Not true. Two examples, the
    Roswell Study:

    and PRWeb release:

    are just a start. When tobacco use decreases, less smoking occurs, folks.

    Please pay attention to this. It's about less harm.

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