The report published today by the UK Royal College of Physicians highlights the benefits of e-cigarettes and their role in helping people quit traditional cigarettes. This view differs greatly from that held by prominent US health groups such as the CDC who believe that 'vaping' could lead to long-term health effects. Given such differing advice where does this leave frontline healthcare professionals such as GPs as they try and support their patients to reduce or quit smoking?
“This is two countries taking pretty much diametrically opposed positions,” said Kenneth E. Warner, a professor of public health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. “One is focused exclusively on the hypothetical risks, none of which have been established. The other is focusing on potential benefits.”