E-cigarettes: further flavours of controversy within the controversy

Bareham, David and Ahmadi, Keivan and Elie, Mathieu and Jones, Arwel and Mckee, Martin (2018) E-cigarettes: further flavours of controversy within the controversy. Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 6 (1). pp. 16-17. ISSN 2213-2600

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Abstract

Although some observers have alluded to an emerging public health consensus in the UK regarding the potential for e-cigarettes to reduce tobacco-related harms, controversy emerged when major UK public health organisations seemed to send out conflicting messages regarding the devices. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in February, 2016, advocated that it was important to promote e-cigarettes “as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking in the UK”. However, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, in draft guidance published in September, 2017, suggested clinicians should advise that, although some smokers have found e-cigarettes helpful to quit smoking, “there is currently little evidence on the long-term benefits or harms of these products”.

Keywords:E-cigarette, Respiratory Health, Smoking Cessation
Subjects:A Medicine and Dentistry > A300 Clinical Medicine
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B200 Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy
Divisions:College of Science > School of Chemistry
College of Science > School of Pharmacy
College of Social Science > Lincoln Institute of Health
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ID Code:30042
Deposited On:19 Feb 2018 10:53

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