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Letters Divisiveness of e-cigarettes

Regulating e-cigarettes to help them realise their potential as an anti-smoking tool

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 23 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3767
  1. Lawrence O Gostin, faculty director1
  1. 1O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown Law, Washington, DC 20001, USA
  1. gostin{at}

Gornall’s article captures the substance and passion of the controversy over e-cigarettes.1 But debates over exactly how harmful e-cigarettes are and about their role in smoking cessation or youth nicotine initiation are an unnecessary distraction and a harmful diversion.

Lindblom suggests that, on the basis of what is already known, it would …

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