• The 7th annual UK E-Cigarette Summit will take place on Thursday 14th November 2019 at The Royal Society, London

A risk proportionate approach to e-cigarettes: the findings of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Report on e-cigarettes

14:35 - 14:55

E-cigarettes present an opportunity to significantly accelerate already declining smoking rates, and thereby tackle one of the largest causes of death in the UK today. They are substantially less harmful—by around 95%—than conventional cigarettes. In August 2018 the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published its Report on e-cigarettes. The Committee concluded that there was no public health rationale for treating e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes as one and the same. In his address Normal Lamb MP will talk about what the Committee heard and its key recommendations, including the Committee’s call for:

  • the Government to support a long-term independent research programme on the relative risks of e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn products;
  • NHS England to set a policy of mental health facilities allowing e-cigarette use by patients unless trusts can demonstrate evidence-based reasons for not doing so;
  • there to be a shift to a more risk-proportionate regulatory environment, where regulations, advertising rules and tax duties reflect the evidence of the relative harms of the various e-cigarette and tobacco products available; and
  • the Government to review with MHRA and the e-cigarette industry how its systems for approving stop smoking therapies could be streamlined to be able to respond appropriately should manufacturers put forward a product for licensing.


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