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Beliefs and reality of e-cigarette smoking
  1. Sasmith Menakuru1,2,
  2. Mir Inzamam Ali3
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, Narayana Medical College and Hospital, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
  2. 2Mount Sinai Health System, New York, USA
  3. 3RAK College of Medical Sciences, Ras al-Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University, UAE
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sasmith Menakuru, sasmithm{at}


In this global health case study, we describe a case of nicotine addiction due to chronic use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarette) and discuss the beliefs on safety and awareness of their side effects. Many people believe that smoking an e-cigarette (vaping) does not have any side effects, especially among teenagers and young adults. Teenagers using an e-cigarette at a young age are twice as likely to try cigarettes later in their life because of nicotine dependency or other social factors. More recent studies have shown long-term systemic side effects of vaping regardless of traditional cigarette smoking history. This report was done for further assessing their risk and to clear out misconceptions of this large-scale condition.

  • global health
  • healthcare improvement and patient safety
  • public health

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  • Contributors Research, drafting and final versions were all done by the two authors. Work was shared equally. SM has written up the case report, parts of the analysis, research into the topics and did the research study at the local school in which he handed out opinion polls asking students if electronic cigarettes are safe or not. MIA has written up the summary, parts of the analysis, research into the topics and graphically represented the data collected by the study.Both of the authors have invested time and effort into the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.