Academy Position on E-Cigarettes


The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians is concerned about the increased use of e-cigarettes, especially among youth. We are disappointed in the legislation that was recently passed by the Michigan legislature that fails to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. Until there is more extensive research of e-cigarettes to assess their safety, quality, and efficacy as a potential cessation device our members will continue to speak out against them.

The position of the Academy is that e-cigarettes should be regulated like tobacco products and the marketing and advertising of e-cigarettes, especially to children and youth, should cease immediately. Board President Dr. Fred J. Van Alstine, quoted in a recent interview, says, "The last thing we want is a whole other generation of individuals addicted to nicotine."

Below are links to media clips from interviews about the Academy position on e-cigarettes; if you have any trouble viewing the articles, please contact MAFP Director of Communications Matt Hund at