A rational approach to e-cigarettes: challenging ERS policy on tobacco harm reduction

John Britton, Jacob George, Linda Bauld, Sanjay Agrawal, John Moxham, Deborah Arnott, Ann McNeill, Nicholas S . Hopkinson (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

The respiratory community is united in its desire to reduce and eliminate the harm caused by tobacco smoking, which is at present on course to kill one billion people in the 21st century. The stated policy of the European Respiratory Society is to strive “constantly to promote strong and evidence-based policies to reduce the burden of tobacco related diseases”. In our view, the recent ERS Tobacco Control Committee statement on tobacco harm reduction[1], though well-intentioned, appears to be based on a number of false premises and draws its conclusions from a partial account of available data. It also presents a false dichotomy between the provision of “conventional” tobacco control and harm reduction approaches. We therefore respond, in turn, to the seven arguments presented against the adoption of harm reduction in the Committee’s statement.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2000166
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Volume55
Issue number5
Early online date24 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2020

Keywords

  • tobacco
  • public health
  • e cigarettes

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    Britton, J., George, J., Bauld, L., Agrawal, S., Moxham, J., Arnott, D., McNeill, A., & Hopkinson, N. S. . (2020). A rational approach to e-cigarettes: challenging ERS policy on tobacco harm reduction . European Respiratory Journal, 55(5), 1-8. [e2000166]. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.00166-2020