With vaping-related injuries on the rise, a nationally recognized expert discusses research at Ohio State and what the public should know about e-cigarettes. Since the emergence of e-cigarettes on the market, the vaping devices have been promoted as a potential smoking cessation aid. While e-cigs may be safer than traditional cigarettes, that doesn&rsquo;t mean they&rsquo;re safe, according to Peter Shields, MD, deputy director of the OSUCCC &ndash; James, who is calling for a nationwide approach to regulation while research continues at institutions like Ohio State. &ldquo;What is seen in the general population is that many smokers do not quit and many add e-cig use to their smoking,\" Shields says. \"If e-cigs are not helping adult smokers quit, then there is strong rationale to ban them, in large part because we do not know their health consequences.\"