Are e-cigarettes a gateway to smoking or a pathway to quitting?

  title={Are e-cigarettes a gateway to smoking or a pathway to quitting?},
  author={Fahad Alawsi and Razan Nour and Sanjay P Prabhu},
Over recent years there has been a massive increase in the usage of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) by the general public. There are mixed views regarding the safety and efficacy of e-cigs, even among healthcare professionals. While some individuals view e-cigs as a public health concern, others recommend them as a safe alternative to conventional cigarettes for smokers who are willing to quit. Since e-cigs are a new phenomena, many clinicians are unaware of their impact on users (known as… 

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