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Are e-cigarettes a safer alternative to smoking?


I think we need to be clear about the purpose o e cigarettes. Its about Harm Minimisation (Reductiom) which is about reducing the amount of harmful chemicals in both active and passive smoke. Using something that reduces this risk to almost zero while accepting that it is stil maintaining a nicotine addiction and reinforcing the smoking habit is a lessor consideration. We are now considering a ban on smoking in vehicles where children are present. Good thing I say but how can we police and enforce it?? To offer this as an alternative considerably protects children but does not alienate smokers and may be even will persuade them to consider a(nother) quit attempt. But they are not regulated some people cry - well lets get them regulated and made safer so we can use them effectively. (For qualification - I have practised in and managed addictions services for over 30 years including 2 years as an NHS Stop Smoking Services Manager and am a lifetime non smoker).

Posted date

11 February, 2014

Posted time

2:04 pm