Hidden risks of electronic cigarettes to patients undergoing plastic surgery

Hidden risks of electronic cigarettes to patients undergoing plastic surgery Eur J Plast Surg (2014) 37:457–458 DOI 10.1007/s00238-014-0942-8 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Hidden risks of electronic cigarettes to patients undergoing plastic surgery Johann Jeevaratnam & Roshan Vijayan & Adam Blackburn Received: 9 February 2014 /Accepted: 20 February 2014 /Published online: 11 March 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014 Sir, not without implication to the patient undergoing plastic sur- In recent years, we have noted an increase in the use of gery. Analysis of e-cigarette vapour shows a level of nicotine electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) within our operative cohort. at least comparable to conventional cigarettes [2]. Indeed, the In 2013, an estimated 1.3 million individuals were using e- potential for nicotine delivery by these devices may even be cigarettes in the UK [4]. higher than the conventional cigarette, with greater social E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices, which deliver a acceptability allowing users to circumvent existing smoking non-tobacco-derived warm vaporised smokeless stream of bans in public places and their less self-limiting nature facil- nicotine to the user. Although e-cigarettes are not explicitly itating a greater number of inhalations per smoking episode. marketed as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes, Such is the permissive attitude toward these devices that we the public may be forgiven http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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