MedicalResearch.com Interview with:Jenny L. Carwile, ScD, MPH
Department of Medicine
Maine Medical Center
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Although e-cigarette aerosols are commonly perceived to be “harmless water vapors” they contain numerous potentially harmful chemicals including volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde, nicotine, heavy metals, and ultrafine particulates. Non-users can be exposed to these chemicals through secondhand exposure.
We found that in the US 4.9% of adults who lived in a household with children were current e-cigarette users.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Children are exposed to secondhand e-cigarette aerosols, although the health effects of such exposure are not yet well understood.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: Future research is needed on the health effects of secondhand exposure to e-cigarette aerosols. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that smoke-free laws for cigarettes be expanded to e-cigarettes and e-cigarette use should not occur around children.
Carwile JL, Fleisch AF, Young K, Ahrens KA. Electronic Cigarette Use in US Households With Children: The “New” Secondhand Smoke. JAMA Pediatr. Published online May 06, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.1139
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