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E-cigarettes latest: users on the up but rules tighten

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6444 (Published 27 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6444

Re: E-cigarettes latest: users on the up but rules tighten

The Institute of Health Promotion and Education has a clear position on e-cigarettes and makes five key recommendations.

1. E-cigarettes should be seen as a part of the armoury of devices intended to wean smokers away from cigarettes, and nothing more.

2. E-cigarettes should not be promoted to non-tobacco users.

3. More research is needed into the efficacy of e-cigarettes.

4. Careful monitoring of the promotion and use of e-cigarettes is needed.

5. There needs to be further debate about the use of e-cigarettes in public places (including workplaces).

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 October 2014
Michael C. Watson
Associate Professor in Public Health
Dr Mark Forshaw (President, Institute of Health Promotion and Education. Subject Leader in Psychology, Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University.)
University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, D86, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham. NG7 2HA
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