UK doctors urge promotion of e-cigarettes to smokers
E-cigarettes are likely to benefit the health of the nation and should be widely promoted as a substitute to smoking, a new report has concluded. Issued by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the authors conclude that smokers can be reassured and encouraged to use the devices. Experts at the College looked into the science, public policy, regulation and ethics surrounding e-cigarettes.
From their research, experts made a series of conclusions about the devices including:
i) E-cigarettes are not a 'gateway to smoking' - in the UK, use of e-cigarettes are used mostly by those who are already using, or have used, tobacco, they said.
ii) There is no evidence that e-cigarettes result in normalisation of smoking.
iii) The devices are beneficial in encouraging smokers to quit.

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