When and how should health professionals recommend use of e-cigarettes?
11:30 - 11:50
Safety and Health Effects
There is less high quality evidence on the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid than there is for prescription medications and licensed nicotine products. Therefore it seems logical to recommend to smokers that they try those first and only try e-cigarettes as a last resort. This talk argues that this logic is the wrong way around and that every single smoker should be recommended immediately to switch to an e-cigarette if they can because this will immediately radically reduce the harm they are experiencing. Those who cannot make the switch and those who make the switch and then wish to reduce their risk further should be recommended to use the range of products and services available to achieve this.
- Professor Robert West Professor of Health Psychology - Dep't of Behavioural Science and Health,UCL
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