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E-cigarettes PCRS position

Based on the current evidence PCRS supports e-cigarettes as a positive option available to support people to quit tobacco smoking.

• E-cigarettes are marketed as consumer products and are proving much more popular than NRT as a substitute and competitor for tobacco cigarettes.

• 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.

• 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.

• Supported by Public Health England, RCP and RCGP


Nicotine withoutsmoke: Tobacco harm reduction: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/nicotinewithout-smoke-tobacco-harm-reduction-0

RCGP Position Statement on the use of non-combustible inhaled tobacco products, November 2016 http://www.rcgp.org.uk/policy/rcgp-policy-areas/e-cigarettes-non-combustible-inhaled-tobacco-products.aspx

Public Health England E Cigarettes Evidence Review https://www.gov.uk/government/news/phe-publishes-independent-expert-e-cigarettes-evidence-review

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Tobacco smoking and nicotine
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