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FOUR POSITION STATEMENTS
by UK’s leading government and non-government public health
organizations diametrically opposed to the outdated – and
potentially deadly – position of Israel’s Health Ministry on ecigarettes.
The Royal College of Physicians:
“RCP statement on e-cigarettes,” published June 25 ’14.
“On the basis of available evidence, the Royal College of
Physicians believes that e-cigarettes could lead to
significant falls in the prevalence of smoking in the UK,
prevent many deaths and episodes of serious illness, and
help to reduce the social inequalities in health that
tobacco smoking currently exacerbates.”
Public Health England:
“Electronic cigarettes: A report commissioned by Public Health
England,” published May 2014.
“The option of switching to electronic cigarettes as an
alternative and much safer source of nicotine, as a
personal lifestyle choice rather than medical service, has
enormous potential to reach smokers currently refractory
to existing approaches. The emergence of electronic
cigarettes and the likely arrival of more effective nicotinecontaining devices currently in development provides a
radical alternative to tobacco, and evidence to date
suggests that smokers are willing to use these products in
substantial numbers. Electronic cigarettes, and other
nicotine devices, therefore offer vast potential health
benefits, but maximising those benefits while minimising
harms and risks to society requires appropriate regulation,
careful monitoring, and risk management. However the
opportunity to harness this potential into public health
policy, complementing existing comprehensive tobacco
control policies, should not be missed.”
Cancer Research UK:
“Electronic cigarettes - Q & A,” published May ’14.
“Cancer Research UK is determined to reduce deaths from
smoking-related cancers and supports measures to help
people quit. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are almost
certainly much safer than tobacco cigarettes and may help
smokers to cut down or quit smoking. We support the use
of high quality e-cigarettes because we believe that they
have significant potential to help smokers who aren't
otherwise ready or able to quit smoking by providing
them with much safer alternatives to smoked tobacco. It
is important that regulation does not stifle the
development of this market nor make accessing these
products by smokers more difficult. However, the current
safeguards are insufficient to ensure that these products
are as safe as nicotine replacement therapy and to ensure
that they are not marketed to non-smokers and children.
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH):
“ASH Briefing: Electronic Cigarettes,” published June ’14.
“Electronic cigarettes are proving more attractive to
smokers than NRT while providing them with a safer
alternative to cigarettes. There is evidence that they can
be effective in helping smokers’ quit and little evidence
that they are being used by never smokers.
The number of children and young people regularly using
electronic cigarettes remains very low and their use is
almost entirely amongst those who are current or exsmokers. This is a similar pattern to that found in
jurisdictions such as the USA.
ASH supports enhanced regulation to ensure the safety
and reliability of electronic cigarettes and to prevent their
promotion to non-smokers and children.
However, in the absence of evidence of significant harm to
bystanders, ASH does not support the inclusion of
electronic cigarettes in smokefree laws which would
completely prohibit their use in enclosed public places.”