Letters Divisiveness of e-cigarettes

A positive view on e-cigarettes

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3864 (Published 23 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3864
  1. Jamie Brown, SSA (Society for Study of Addiction) senior research fellow1
  1. 1University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
  1. jamie.brown{at}ucl.ac.uk

Gornall’s representation of the evidence on e-cigarettes is fairly one sided and negative.1 For example, he cites a “recent meta-analysis” on the effectiveness of e-cigarettes, which was posted on a blog and has not been peer-reviewed2 but fails to cite the Cochrane review on the same topic, which was published just three months earlier.3 While noting that the quality of evidence is low, the Cochrane review came to different conclusions: e-cigarettes help smokers to stop long term compared with …

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