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DBH 9019: Intervention Design

Research course topics and find help for assignments

The Subject of E-Cigarettes

The use of e-cigarettes is a growing area of controversy and there are many mixed messages aimed at consumers. DBH 9019 asks you to pursue inquiry of the following:



  • What companies own the market share of ECIG sales?
  • What conclusions can you draw from this information about the use of ECIGs in smoking cessation?
  • Are ECIGs safer or healthier than conventional cigarettes?
  • What are the key points you would discuss with patients who ask you whether ecigarettes are safer/healthier than conventional cigarettes?
  • What precautions should your patients be taking?
  • What alternative smoking cessation resources would you provide if you are not recommending ECIGs?

What is an Electronic Cigarette?

An e-cigarette, or electronic cigarette, is a device used to simulate the experience of smoking, having a cartridge with a heater that vaporizes liquid nicotine instead of burning tobacco.

[e-cigarette. (n.d.). Unabridged. Retrieved March 5, 2016, from website:]

To find materials on this topic in the article databases, try the following search terms:

  • Electronic Cigarette
  • e-Cigarette
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
  • Nicotine Replacement Therapy
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Nicotine 

Background Information

Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered vaporizers meant to simulate smoking without the harmful effects of tobacco. Use the following sources to learn more about e-cigarettes.


Researching E-Cigarettes in CORE

  • PsycINFO  Available in the CORE Library.  Indexes scholarly psychology journals and other publications and contains information on electronic cigarettes from a variety of perspectives.
  • CINAHL  Available in the CORE Library.   This database of nursing specialties offers information on smoking cessation, electronic cigarettes, and the connection between mental health and use of alternative tobacco products.
  • Health Business Elite.  Available in the CORE Library.  This business-oriented database has profiles of companies who are in the e-cigarette business in addition to information on the regulation of e-cigarettes.

Who Profits?

Use of E-Cigs in Smoking Cessation

CDC: Smoking and Tobacco

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Source:  Smokerz Paradise

Internet Resources

In addition to the resources below, more information is available from the U.S. Government. Try a search at, the government's official web portal.

Source:  National Jewish Health

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