Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, BMA board of science chair, said:
“We welcome this independent review by Public Health England on the use of e-cigarettes and their role in helping people stop smoking. It is important that our approach to these devices continues to be underpinned by a robust evidence base.
“When e-cigarettes first became available in the UK, doctors highlighted a number concerns about the lack of evidence on the impact of their use, the variable quality and safety of e-cigarettes and e-liquids, yet as this review and other research shows there is now a growing body of evidence and widespread consensus that e-cigarettes are substantially safer than smoking.
“As this review recognises e-cigarettes are the most popular device used in attempts to quit smoking, they have the potential to play an important role in reducing the harms associated with smoking which leads to 79,000 deaths in England alone every year."
Notes to Editors
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- Find out more about the BMA’s position paper on e-cigarettes here