While there may be potential for e-cigarettes to support tobacco harm reduction and cessation, there are many unanswered questions about e-cigarettes. Public debate surrounds their promotion, sale and use; concerns over youth uptake; the potential for renormalization of smoking; their effectiveness as a cessation aid; and their health impacts. Current OTRU research on e-cigarettes focuses on these questions, exploring patterns of use, health effects and their effectiveness as a cessation aid.
Current Research on E-Cigarettes
Analysis of Secondhand E-Cigarette Aerosol Compounds in an Natural Indoor Setting
Areas of Focus: Electronic Cigarettes, Exposure
OTRU, in partnership with The Lung Association-Ontario, recently measured levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and chemical compounds in the indoor air during an e-cigarette event. The results of this study have important implications for policy development.
RECIG: Research on E-Cigarettes
Focus Area: E-Cigarettes
The Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have undertaken a multi-component research study to investigate patterns of e-cigarette use, their effectiveness as a cessation aid and health effects. The RECIG study includes:
- Comprehensive, realist-informed knowledge synthesis
- Analysis of data from existing population surveys
- Longitudinal survey of e-cigarette and tobacco cigarette use among adults
- Surveys and in-depth interviews of youth and young adults
- Social media analysis
- Randomized clinical trial comparing smoking cessation effectiveness of e-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy products
- Biomarker study of e-cigarette users to measure concentrations of nicotine and other chemicals products
- International, multidisciplinary Expert Panel to assess project findings and identify implications for public health policy
Findings from RECIG will inform the current evidence base, and future provincial policy and legislation.
E-Cigarettes: To Vape or Not To Vape?
Should non-smokers vape? Is vaping less harmful than smoking? Can smokers quit by using e-cigarettes?
Review mentioned in the video: Malas M, van der Tempel J, Schwartz R, Minichiello A, Lightfoot C, Noormohamed A, et al. (2016). Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: A systematic review. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18(10), 1926-1936. You can also watch the archived webinar presentation associated with this research: Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation: What’s the Evidence?
- Find our publications about e-cigarettes
- Listen again to our webinars about e-cigarettes