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E-cigarettes are a “gateway from smoking,” RCP concludes

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 28 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2392
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Smokers should be actively encouraged to swap their tobacco cigarettes for electronic cigarettes because “vaping” is much safer than smoking and is likely to benefit UK public health, a report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) says.1

Since e-cigarettes became available in the United Kingdom in 2007 their use has been surrounded in controversy. The 206 page report, Nicotine without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction, examined evidence on the science, public policy, regulation, and ethics surrounding e-cigarettes.

The report concluded that the use of e-cigarettes is likely to lead to attempts to quit that would not otherwise have …

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