With nearly 30 years of clinical experience, Illinois-based urgent care and family physician Dr. Lamont Tyler functions as the medical director of specialty physician services at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. As a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Dr. Lamont Tyler remains apprised of some of the latest developments in health care.
As one of the largest medical associations in the nation, the AAFP strives to keep more than 120,900 members up to date on the latest developments in the medical community, including those related to new e-cigarette products. Following an unprecedented threefold increase in teen use of e-cigarettes, even as tobacco use continues to drop, the AAFP community at large remains concerned about the lack of FDA approval for such devices and research regarding their long-term health effects. However, a recent report presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference suggests that e-cigarette use, or “vaping,” is not a successful long-term solution to smoking abstinence. Rather, the study indicates that many who use e-cigarettes also smoke conventional cigarettes, with no detectable reduction in smoking during three- and six-month follow-ups. The results of the study, authored by Riyad al-Lehebi, MBBS, of the University of Toronto, are based on currently available research of four studies and 22 published articles.
A separate poll of 5,679 Americans by Reuters/Ipsos found that approximately 10% use e-cigarettes regularly and, despite the paucity of research, 80% consider e-cigarettes an effective way to quit smoking. Within the same sample, three out of four e-cigarette users continued to smoke traditional tobacco products.
As Medical Director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler takes pride in the diverse array of services offered to all individuals on a walk-in basis.