Committee on the Review of the Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Environmental Health, Public Health, Substance Use and Mental Health
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

Activity Description

The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine shall convene a committee to evaluate the available evidence of the health effects related to the use of ENDS and identify future federally funded research needs. As part of its work, the committee will conduct a comprehensive and systematic assessment and review of the literature. The literature review shall include analysis of data on both short and long-term health effects in:

  • Users of ENDS, including health effects associated with the use of the full range of these devices (e.g., "cig-a-likes", tank systems, mods)
  • Vulnerable populations of users (e.g. youth, pregnant women, individuals with underlying medical conditions (e.g., heart disease, pulmonary disease)).
  • Nonusers of ENDS exposed to secondhand and thirdhand aerosol generated by use of the these devices
  • A committee report will document the findings and provide a list of recommendations for future research. The list of research needs to inform FDA and ENDS regulation will be prioritized with respect to:
  • Research to gather information of most importance for the regulation of ENDS to protect the population health
  • Research that should be a priority for federal funding

As of March 2016, the Health and Medicine Division continues the consensus studies and convening activities previously undertaken by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).


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