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Health promotion and public health
Self-perceptions of e-cigarettes among adolescents: a health safety concern
  1. Geetha Ajay1,
  2. Myriam Cadet2
  1. 1Nursing, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY, USA
  2. 2Nursing, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Geetha Ajay, Nursing, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY 10451, USA; GAJAY{at}hostos.cuny.edu

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Commentary on: Sharma A, McCausland K, Jancey J. Adolescent’s Health Perceptions of E-cigarettes: A Systematic Review. Am J Prev Med, 60(5), 2021: 716–725. doi:10.1016/jamepre.2020.12.013

Implication for research and practice

  • There is a need for awareness among nurses of the lack of understanding among adolescents of the risks associated with e-cigarettes.

  • More research is needed to examine misconceptions of e-cigarette smoking and addiction among adolescents.

Context

One of the most popular tobacco products used by adolescents in the USA is e-cigarettes. According to the CDC, nearly 20% of high school students and 5% of middle school students use e-cigarettes. Also, it has been reported that nearly 40% of high school students and 20% of middle school students used e-cigarettes at least 20 out of the last 30 days.1 E-cigarettes are also capable of causing significant damage to adolescents’ health when smoking.2 Smoking is a public health …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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