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E-cigarettes: A review of the parliamentary green paper

As e-cigarettes become increasingly popular, MPs have tried to ascertain their safety. By Graham Cope

The use of electronic cigarettes is one of the most controversial topics in public health in recent years. There is intense debate and dividing opinions about their use, the potential health benefits and possible harm. There is little doubt among all parties that they are less harmful than combustible cigarettes, but should they be promoted as smoking cessation aids? And should they be allowed or even promoted in public spaces?

To address these issues the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee held a series of interviews with 25 witnesses with a range of expertise, consulted over 100 written submissions and reviewed how e-cigarettes could reduce smoking-related harm, their role in smoking cessation, future regulation and drew up the green paper.1

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