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NHCCC Emerging Issues in Cancer Brief looks at E-cigarettes 04.22.2014




April 22, 2014

Contact: Judy Proctor


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NHCCC Emerging Issues in Cancer Brief looks at E-cigarettes

CONCORD — Smokers are turning to electronic cigarettes also known as e-cigarettes to ease nicotine withdrawal while quitting or to avoid harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke. However, it’s not yet known whether smokeless vapor is safe, and instead of quitting many would-be quitters end up using e-cigarettes in public spaces and regular cigarettes everywhere else.

Some believe e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking tobacco since e-cigarette vapor doesn't contain the chemicals found in tobacco smoke. But the long-term health risks from using e-cigarettes will not be known for many years. Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) researchers examine what we know about e-cigarettes and health in the Emerging Issues Brief just recently released by the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC).

NH CCC Tobacco Work Group Co-Chair Kate McNally is a tobacco cessation counselor in Cheshire County, and has seen an increase in use of electronic cigarettes in her area. “Patients are telling me they don’t enjoy the electronic cigarette,” said McNally. “Some patients are even comparing it to breathing underwater. I’m concerned about people using the e-cigarette in public places where tobacco use is no longer permitted. New Hampshire is one of the states that included the electronic cigarette in its clean air law. We’re ahead of the game compared to some.”

McNally and other tobacco prevention and treatment professionals are looking forward to the FDA’s regulations on electronic cigarettes which are expected to be released soon.

Each year NH CCC, in partnership with NCCC at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, produces four short briefs that look at emerging issues pertaining to cancer. These overviews, written for the general public, are prepared by researchers and physicians at the NCCC. Recent briefs addressed Overdiagnosis, Lung Cancer Screening, Clinical Trials, and Radon and Cancer.

“E-cigarettes and Health” and past Emerging Issues Briefs are available as printable pdfs on the NH CCC website,

About The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration

The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) was established in 2004 to address one of the leading causes of death in New Hampshire. The NH CCC is a dedicated partnership of individuals and organizations committed to eliminating cancer in the state. The NH CCC developed the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan to address the following priorities: preventing cancer by creating environments that support a healthy life style; increasing early detection of cancer through screening; improving the treatment of cancer and quality of life for people living with cancer; and reporting on the latest cancer research. For more information about the NH CCC and the NH Cancer Plan, visit

About Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth College and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth with patient-centered cancer care provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock regional locations in Manchester, Nashua, and Keene, NH, and St. Johnsbury, VT, and at 12 partner hospitals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. It is one of 41 centers nationwide to earn the National Cancer Institute’s “Comprehensive Cancer Center” designation. Learn more about Norris Cotton Cancer Center research, programs, and clinical trials, online at





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NH Observes National Healthcare Decisions Day 04.16.14


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Contact: John Clayton

VP, Communications





For Immediate Release                                       

April 16, 2014                                                                   



NH participated in April 16 national observance to make advance health care decisions


CONCORD – A new survey of 25 communities hospitals in New Hampshire found that almost two-thirds of acutely ill adult patients did not have an advance directive in their hospital medical chart to guide health care decision-making if they were unable to do so themselves.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities and many other organizations in New Hampshire observed “National Healthcare Decisions Day” yesterday (April 16), in an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare directives.

“National Healthcare Decisions Day is a reminder to talk with family or friends about your wishes in the event of a medical crisis,” said Shawn LaFrance, executive director of the Foundation for Healthy Communities. “Conversations and completion of an advance directive can make your wishes known about difficult medical decisions, and healthcare providers will be better able to honor patients’ wishes when the time comes.”

According to the statewide survey conducted last month, of the 1,450 patients who took part, only 556 – or 38 percent of patients – had documentation in their medical charts regarding who they would want to make decisions for them if they lacked the capacity to do so.

“The focus of “National Healthcare Decisions Day” was on education,” LaFrance added. “Its aim was to increase the number of people who understand the importance of advance care directives and planning for serious illness or end-of-life care. Many organizations observed the designated day by providing information to clients, patients or residents and their families, as well as to their employees.”

The Foundation for Healthy Communities provides information to help people address the topic with family, friends and healthcare providers and complete a written advance directive, such as healthcare power of attorney and a living will, in accordance with New Hampshire law. The Foundation’s advance care planning guide is available free of charge on line at


The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in New Hampshire. The Foundation’s partnerships include hospitals, health plans, clinicians, home care agencies, public policy leaders, and other organizations.



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