Cigarettes and the challenge for doctors: what can practising doctors say to their patients about e-cigarettes?
09:50 - 10:05
Evidence and Research
The emergence of e-cigarettes presents a challenge for doctors in helping their patients wanting to quit smoking. It is normal business for doctors to work with medically licensed products and to discuss the risks and benefits of treatments based on evidence of effectiveness. Yet research on e-cigarettes and discussions about the best way to regulate them is not keeping pace with their development and increasing levels of use. So what should a doctor be advising their patient? In the absence of any medically licensed product, what role do consumer-regulated products play in supporting smoking cessation? What advice should be given to parents concerned about their children experimenting or using e-cigarettes?
- Ram Moorthy Deputy Chair - BMA Board of Science (British Medical Association)
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