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E-cigarettes need same controls as tobacco

Commenting on a letter published today to the World Health Organisation (WHO), from researchers and public health specialists about electronic cigarettes, Professor John Ashton, President of the Faculty of Public Health said:

"FPH has concerns about the potential risks of e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes can certainly help people quit smoking.  However, we need to weigh up the benefits of fewer people smoking against the risk of electronic cigarettes leading to more people starting to smoke, particularly children.
 
"Most people start smoking when they under 16. That's why many public health experts are concerned that the advertising of advertising electronic cigarettes could make it normal again to think smoking is glamorous, when it is anything but.
 
"It's too early to know if the reduction in harm from using e-cigarettes instead of smoking is greater than their potential risks. We don't want to undermine efforts to help people quit smoking. What we really need is for electronic cigarettes to be subject to the same controls as tobacco, and e-cigarettes to be treated as a tobacco product, so they cannot be marketed or advertised."

Written: 29/05/2014 , last modified: 08/07/2014