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Letters E-cigarettes to stop smoking

The UK is hopelessly smitten with e-cigarettes

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 31 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2279
  1. Simon Chapman, emeritus professor of public health
  1. University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
  1. simon.chapman{at}

The English smoking cessation community has long framed smoking cessation as needing pharmacological assistance.1 Yet, awkwardly, most ex-smokers have quit without any professional or pharmaceutical assistance when they finally succeed.2

Aveyard et al write, “E-cigarettes seem as effective as NRT [nicotine replacement therapy] in supporting cessation, according to the few trials and appropriately conducted cohort studies,” …

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