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Muhammad Uwais Ashraf1, Mohd Aslam1*, Asif Hasan2, Masihur Rehman Ajmal1, Juwairia Ashraf3.
1Department of Medicine, J N Medical College, AMU, Aligarh, UP, India.
2Department of Cardiology, J N Medical College, AMU, Aligarh, UP, India.
3Department of Moalajat, Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College, AMU, Aligarh, UP, India .

REVIEW ARTICLE
Volume 3, Issue 1, Page 65-69, January-April 2015.

Article history
Received: 1 April 2015
Revised: 15 April 2015
Accepted: 18 April 2015
Early view: 20 April 2015

*Author for correspondence
E-mail: mohdaslam001@rediffmail.com

ABSTRACT

Smoking is considered as one of the major preventable causes of death all over the world. Smoking has deleterious effects on almost every organ of the body The serious risks associated with smoking diminish rapidly after quitting and life-long abstinence is known to reduce the risk of lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease etc. A lot of emphasis has been laid on the beneficial effects of smoking cessation. Nicotine Replacement Therapy has been shown to reduce the incidence of smoking in the general population. ENDS,commonly referred to as electronic-cigarettes(e-Cigarette),are battery-operated cigarettes, better known as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) which resemble a cigarette,designed for the purpose of nicotine delivery. There is a liquid in these devices which comprises of nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerine, water and flavoring agents. With the use of this device,nicotine is delivered without any combustion being involved and thus the harmful effects of smoke are minimized.E- cigarettes do not produce the harmful chemicals which are emitted by conventional cigarettes. They do not emit carbon monoxide which is otherwise a key component of conventional cigarette smoke. At present data are limited, but still it is clear that e-cigarette emissions are not harmless as was initially claimed. These devices are a source of indoor air pollution. Use of e-cigarettes in clean air environments may result in pollution and may harm even the non-smokers.