Table 3

Beneficial and undesirable effects of e-cigarettes: open-ended comments from ecigarette users

Number of comments


Beneficial effects (total from two open-ended fields)

134

Improves breathing and respiration

31

Less cough, less expectoration, fewer sore throats

23

Helps to quit smoking

20

Improves health and physical fitness

17

Improves sense of taste and smell

11

Does not cause unpleasant odours or bad breath

10

Helps to reduce cigarette consumption

7

Sleeps better

4

Less craving for cigarettes

4

Cost

4

Pleasure of smoking the e-cigarette

2

Useful device to administer other medications to the bronchia or lung

1

Undesirable effects (total from two open-ended fields)

61

Dry mouth and throat

16

Vertigo, headache or nausea

7

Bad taste

4

Weight gain

3

Technical problems (batteries)

3

Difficult to accurately control dose of nicotine

3

Cost

3

No undesirable effects

13

Miscellaneous comments

9


Etter BMC Public Health 2010 10:231   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-231

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