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FPH comment on RCP e-cigarettes report: talk to your GP to quit smoking

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) has responded to the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) report, Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction.

Commenting on the publication of the RCP's report today (28 April 2016) into e-cigarettes, Professor Simon Capewell, FPH's Vice-President for Policy, said:  "FPH is united with its public health partners, including Public Health England, in wanting people to quit smoking. E-cigarettes may have a role to play in this: vaping appears to be much less harmful than smoking cigarettes.

"However, it is not risk-free. We don’t know enough yet about the long-term effects of vaping on people’s health, which is why we need more research, such as the report published today by the RCP, to help us better understand these risks.

"Regulation of e-cigarettes, which will come into effect next month, will also increase our understanding of their safety. The best thing anyone can do if they want to quit smoking is talk to their GP: there's solid evidence that NHS quit-smoking services help people kick the habit for good."


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Written: 27/04/2016 , last modified: 24/06/2016