Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published the third most number of scientific publications about electronic cigarettes between 2003-2018, according to a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The paper also cited UNC Lineberger’s Kurt Ribisl, PhD, as one of the most prolific e-cigarette scientists.
UNC Lineberger’s Seth Noar, PhD, and colleagues found that the majority of teenagers they surveyed knew about many of the health risks of e-cigarettes, but it had no influence on whether they had used e-cigarettes. However, they determined beliefs about addiction were a key discriminating factor among those who had and had not used e-cigarettes.
UNC Lineberger researcher Adam O. Goldstein, MD, MPH, and UNC Department of Family Medicine researcher Clare Meernik, MPH, write in a commentary published in the Annals of Family Medicine that existing treatments are more effective than e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking, there are professional ethics concerns about providers who recommend them and there is no strong evidence that e-cigarettes are safe.