E-Cigarette use among children and young people: the need for regulation

  title={E-Cigarette use among children and young people: the need for regulation},
  author={Adam Wąsowicz and Wojciech Feleszko and Maciej Lukasz Goniewicz},
  journal={Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine},
  pages={507 - 509}
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are devices designed to deliver nicotine to the body via the route of inhalation. The principle of operation is based on heating a nicotine solution in propylene glycol and/or glycerine (e-liquid), turning it into aerosol (commonly called ‘vapour’), which is then inhaled by the user. The scientific evidence on the health consequences of long-term e-cigarette use is sparse and currently inconclusive. Young people are the most vulnerable group to initiate use… 
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