Re: What are the respiratory effects of e-cigarettes?
I have no hesitation in relaying to patients my belief that, although e-cigarettes may not be 100% safe, they are significantly safer than tobacco-containing products (and may provide significant psychological advantage to smokers who are trying to quit).
This article does not persuade me to stop this practice. Furthermore, I would suggest that without strong evidence to the contrary, not recommending a product that appears to be a safer alternative is doing harm.
It might be as well for doctors to humbly remember that they are not, and never have been, infallible – and that, where there is a choice, the ultimate decision about (and responsibility for) treatment belongs to the patient...
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