CIEH reacts to RCP's e-cigarette report

Publication Date: 28th April 2016

Subject: Public health

Following the publication of RCP’s report which states there is evidence that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking and aids quitting, Anne Godfrey, Chief Executive of the CIEH, said:  

“This report is further evidence that using e-cigarettes is less harmful than smoking tobacco. Quitting completely is always going to be best route for smokers wanting to stop and effective regulation will be needed to mitigate and reduce the adverse effects of e-cigarette use.

“Nonetheless, we welcome the RCP’s call to use e-cigarettes as part of a wider harm reduction approach to improve public health and we will continue to work with local authorities to develop pilot policies which permit the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace.”


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