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E-cigarettes and youth: a major Public Health concern
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  • Fabrizio Virgili,
  • Raffaella Nenna,
  • Shira Ben David,
  • Enrica Mancino,
  • Greta Di Mattia,
  • Luigi Matera,
  • Laura Petrarca,
  • Fabio Midulla
Fabrizio Virgili
Sapienza University of Rome
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Raffaella Nenna
"Sapienza" University of Rome
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Shira Ben David
Sapienza University of Rome
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Enrica Mancino
University of Rome
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Greta Di Mattia
University of Rome
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Luigi Matera
University of Rome
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Laura Petrarca
"Sapienza" University of Rome
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Fabio Midulla
Sapienza University of Rome
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Abstract

The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarette) and vaping devices started as a potential aid for cessation and reducing the harmful consequences of cigarette smoking, mainly in the adult population. Today e-cigarette use is highly increasing in vulnerable populations, especially young and pregnant women, due to the misconception of its harmless use. Despite the growing acknowledgment in e-cigarette as a potential harmful device, and due to mixed information found concerning its beneficial aid for smokers, along with an insufficient clinical study done in human models, it is important to further evaluate the possible benefits and risks of non-combusting, vaping nicotine or non-nicotine delivery devices. In this review we tried to summarize the latest updated information found in the literature, concentrating mainly in the variety of adverse effects of e-cigarette use and its contribution for recent and future health concerns.