Public Health Doctors and e-cigarettes – why this matters and what you can do

Save e-cigs

 

Guest post by Professor Gerry Stimson and Paddy Costal, Directors of Knowledge* Action* Change*

We struggle to understand why so many public health colleagues are anti-pathetic to electronic cigarettes.

The uptake of e-cigarettes has been a consumer-led public health revolution. At no cost to the NHS, and without government or public health support and promotion, thousands of people have found that e-cigarettes help them switch from smoking. Using e-cigarettes is a classic harm reduction approach – a safer product and delivery device for those who do not want to give up nicotine. It fits two public health principles – the first is to reduce harms to populations and the second is to engage and work with populations in their endeavour to lead healthier lives.

Many public health experts have in the past been strong supporters of harm reduction for illicit drugs. Indeed it was brave public health experts in…

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