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E-cigarette ban out of puff: Study urges smokers to embrace vape

E-cigarette ban out of puff: Study urges smokers to embrace vape

A REPORT from UK health experts confirming the benefits of vaping and e-cigarettes — with the potential to save 500,000 Australian lives — has turned up the heat on the Turnbull Government’s stubborn ban on e-cigarettes, experts say.

The review of evidence on e-cigarettes commissioned by UK government-backed Public Health England (PHE) said e-cigarettes could already be helping some 20,000 UK smokers a year quit tobacco — and possibly many more.

In Australia, that figure could be up to 500,000, leading tobacco treatment expert and NSW University Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn said.

“Australia needs to reverse its ban on nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and promote their use,” said Dr Mendelsohn.

“PHE is calling on smokers who have struggled to quit to try switching to an e-cigarette

and get professional help. The report even recommends that e-cigarettes be made

available to National Health Service patients and be sold in hospital shops.

“If two in three Australian smokers switch to vaping over the next ten years, the

premature deaths of 500,000 smokers would be averted, based on modelling in the US

population.”

The report said there was “much public misunderstanding” about nicotine, with less than 10 per cent of adults understanding that the vast majority of the harms from smoking aren’t caused by nicotine.

 

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