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Letters Recommending e-cigarettes

Safety of e-cigarettes still needs to be proved

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 15 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4597
  1. Chris Valentine, member1,
  2. Paul Nicholson, chair1
  1. 1BMA Occupational Medicine Committee, BMA House, London WC1H 9JP, UK
  1. drchrisvalentine{at}

Minerva issues a call to arms for health professionals to recommend e-cigarettes to people who wish to stop smoking.1 Our experience is that unexpected consequences occasionally follow from well intentioned substitution of hazardous substances. Lead paints, solvents, and asbestos were all once regarded as safe.

Every year children die after consuming methadone prescribed to help their parents’ heroin addiction.2 …

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