Electronic Cigarettes: Exposure and Use Among Pediatric Populations

Joseph M. Collaco, Sharon A. McGrath-Morrow

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As an emerging inhalational exposure, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have rapidly gained public awareness with increasing use among adolescents and adults, leading to increased primary use by adolescents and increased secondhand exposure to emissions in infants, children, and adolescents. Although the long-term health risks for primary use and secondhand emission exposure are unknown, limited data from animal studies suggest that there is the potential for long-term lung injury and altered neurocognitive development in children with exposure to nicotine-containing aerosols. In this pediatric-focused review, we discuss the history of e-cigarettes, the demographics of adolescent users, effects on health, and current legislative efforts to protect infants, children, and adolescents from exposure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-77
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of aerosol medicine and pulmonary drug delivery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • adolescent
  • children
  • e-cigarette
  • electronic cigarette
  • exposure
  • infants
  • pediatric
  • secondhand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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