NHCCC Emerging Issues in Cancer Brief looks at E-cigarettes 04.22.2014




April 22, 2014

Contact: Judy Proctor




NHCCC Emerging Issues in Cancer Brief looks at E-cigarettes

CONCORD — Smokers are turning to electronic cigarettes also known as e-cigarettes to ease nicotine withdrawal while quitting or to avoid harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke. However, it’s not yet known whether smokeless vapor is safe, and instead of quitting many would-be quitters end up using e-cigarettes in public spaces and regular cigarettes everywhere else.

Some believe e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking tobacco since e-cigarette vapor doesn't contain the chemicals found in tobacco smoke. But the long-term health risks from using e-cigarettes will not be known for many years. Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) researchers examine what we know about e-cigarettes and health in the Emerging Issues Brief just recently released by the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC).

NH CCC Tobacco Work Group Co-Chair Kate McNally is a tobacco cessation counselor in Cheshire County, and has seen an increase in use of electronic cigarettes in her area. “Patients are telling me they don’t enjoy the electronic cigarette,” said McNally. “Some patients are even comparing it to breathing underwater. I’m concerned about people using the e-cigarette in public places where tobacco use is no longer permitted. New Hampshire is one of the states that included the electronic cigarette in its clean air law. We’re ahead of the game compared to some.”

McNally and other tobacco prevention and treatment professionals are looking forward to the FDA’s regulations on electronic cigarettes which are expected to be released soon.

Each year NH CCC, in partnership with NCCC at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, produces four short briefs that look at emerging issues pertaining to cancer. These overviews, written for the general public, are prepared by researchers and physicians at the NCCC. Recent briefs addressed Overdiagnosis, Lung Cancer Screening, Clinical Trials, and Radon and Cancer.

“E-cigarettes and Health” and past Emerging Issues Briefs are available as printable pdfs on the NH CCC website, www.nhcancerplan.org

About The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) was established in 2004 to address one of the leading causes of death in New Hampshire. The NH CCC is a dedicated partnership of individuals and organizations committed to eliminating cancer in the state. The NH CCC developed the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to address the following priorities: preventing cancer by creating environments that support a healthy life style; increasing early detection of cancer through screening; improving the treatment of cancer and quality of life for people living with cancer; and reporting on the latest cancer research. For more information about the NH CCC and the NH Cancer Plan, visit www.NHCancerPlan.org.

About Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth College and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth with patient-centered cancer care provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock regional locations in Manchester, Nashua, and Keene, NH, and St. Johnsbury, VT, and at 12 partner hospitals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. It is one of 41 centers nationwide to earn the National Cancer Institute’s “Comprehensive Cancer Center” designation. Learn more about Norris Cotton Cancer Center research, programs, and clinical trials, online at www.cancer.dartmouth.edu.