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Royal College of Physicians Back E Cigarette Use

April 29, 2016
Public Health

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has concluded that e-cigarettes should be promoted as a substitute for smoking. In a new report which looked at the science, ethics, policy and regulation behind e-cigarette use, the RCP states that there is no evidence that vaping provides a gateway to smoking.

The research also agrees that e-cigarettes do help smokers to quit, and whilst there may be some health effects from ingredients other than nicotine, the harm caused is much less than that caused by smoking. Professor John Britton, chair of the Tobacco Advisory Group at the RCP agrees that up until now there have been conflicting opinions about e-cigarettes.

“The growing use of electronic cigarettes as a substitute for tobacco smoking has been a topic of great controversy, with much speculation over their potential risks and benefits,” he said. “This report lays to rest almost all of the concerns over these products, and concludes that, with sensible regulation, electronic cigarettes have the potential to make a major contribution towards preventing the premature death, disease and social inequalities in health that smoking currently causes in the UK. Smokers should be reassured that these products can help them quit all tobacco use forever.”

Sales of e-cigarettes have been steadily increasing since their introduction in 2007 with now around one in 20 adults using them. Next month, the Tobacco Products Directive will introduce safety and quality standards for all e-cigarette and refills.

You can download a copy of Nicotine without smoke: Tobacco harm reduction HERE.