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Another British study (RCP)

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  • Another British study (RCP)

    I just came across this new study, from another British institution: . It looks like the British administrations are much more serious than any others about public health and tobacco use.

    So, this paper is not exclusively about e-cigs, but they appear as first class citizens to help reducing risks, and some bogus claims that we can read sometimes, like e-cigs being a gateway to cigarette smoking, are duly corrected.

    Just copying the summary below, keeping only the points mentioning e-cigs:

    - E-cigarettes are marketed as consumer products and are proving much more popular than NRT as a substitute and competitor for tobacco cigarettes.
    - E-cigarettes appear to be effective when used by smokers as an aid to quitting smoking.
    - E-cigarettes are not currently made to medicines standards and are probably more hazardous than NRT.
    - However, the hazard to health arising from long-term vapour inhalation from the e-cigarettes available today is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco.
    - Technological developments and improved production standards could reduce the long-term hazard of e-cigarettes.
    - There are concerns that e-cigarettes will increase tobacco smoking by renormalising the act of smoking, acting as a gateway to smoking in young people, and being used for temporary, not permanent, abstinence from smoking.
    - To date, there is no evidence that any of these processes is occurring to any significant degree in the UK.
    - Rather, the available evidence to date indicates that e-cigarettes are being used almost exclusively as safer alternatives to smoked tobacco, by confirmed smokers who are trying to reduce harm to themselves or others from smoking, or to quit smoking completely.
    - There is a need for regulation to reduce direct and indirect adverse effects of e-cigarette use, but this regulation should not be allowed significantly to inhibit the development and use of harm-reduction products by smokers.
    - A regulatory strategy should, therefore, take a balanced approach in seeking to ensure product safety, enable and encourage smokers to use the product instead of tobacco, and detect and prevent effects that counter the overall goals of tobacco control policy.
    - The tobacco industry has become involved in the e-cigarette market and can be expected to try to exploit these products to market tobacco cigarettes, and to undermine wider tobacco control work.
    - However, in the interests of public health it is important to promote the use of e-cigarettes, NRT and other non-tobacco nicotine products as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking in the UK.

    It came few months after the PHE study, which provided a first clear position from an administration in favour of e-cigs: .