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    I have been using 305.1 to code vapor smoking/ e-cig use but feel that it is incorrect. Anyone else have a code that would be better for this scenario?
    Thanks

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    It is still 305.1, most e cigs do contain nicotine which is the addictive substance. The advantage of the e cig is to those around the smoker, cigs emit vapor which is not harmful like second hand smoke from traditional cigarettes.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchellde View Post
    It is still 305.1, most e cigs do contain nicotine which is the addictive substance. The advantage of the e cig is to those around the smoker, cigs emit vapor which is not harmful like second hand smoke from traditional cigarettes.
    Thanks for your response, I'm just thinking that 305.1 is tobacco use and there is no tobacco in the e-cig. Just the nicotine and other chemicals

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    This is limitations of ICD-9, but the alpha listing dependence, nicotine gives you the same 305.1, and under 305.1 nicotine dependence is listed as a synonymous term. ICD-10 CM has worded the code as nicotine dependence.

    Debra A. Mitchell, MSPH, CPC-H

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    Default ICD-10 coding for E-cigs
    Quote Originally Posted by mitchellde View Post
    This is limitations of ICD-9, but the alpha listing dependence, nicotine gives you the same 305.1, and under 305.1 nicotine dependence is listed as a synonymous term. ICD-10 CM has worded the code as nicotine dependence.
    Deb, What is your professional advice for an ICD-10 code for E-cig useage ? F17.2_ _ ?
    What about the e-cigs with no nicotine in them ? F18._ _ ?

    Thanks.

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