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Letters E-cigarettes

Why the rules should not be relaxed for e-cigarettes to encourage people to stop smoking

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 07 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l555
  1. Michael Craig Watson, associate professor in public health1,
  2. John Lloyd, honorary vice president2
  1. 1University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2HA, UK
  2. 2Institute of Health Promotion and Education, Welwyn AL6 0UD, UK
  1. michael.watson{at}

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report on e-cigarettes is well worth reading.12 The 98 pieces of published written evidence have been produced by a range of people and organisations, including multinational tobacco companies, vaping organisations, and public health groups.

We are concerned that the report repeats Public Health England’s claim that e-cigarettes are 95% less …

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