Governments must agree unified approach to use of e-cigarettes, report says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 30 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3537
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Researchers are urging governments and regulators to agree a unified approach to the use and regulation of e-cigarettes and other nicotine containing products as part of tobacco harm reduction in a report published on 29 May, which identifies key research and policy questions to clarify their value and potential harms.1

Tobacco harm reduction—long term use by smokers of less harmful, non-tobacco nicotine products with or without attempts to quit—is coming under increasing scrutiny with the growing availability of nicotine containing products.

These products include e-cigarettes, or electronic nicotine delivery systems, which are designed to look and feel like real cigarettes but deliver nicotine without the toxic compounds that occur in smoke. Use of e-cigarettes is increasing at around 500% each year in the United Kingdom, …

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