RCP welcomes evidence review on e-cigarettes

The Royal College of Physicians today welcomed the publication of Public Health England's review of the evidence on e-cigarettes. Professor John Britton, chair of the RCP’s Tobacco Advisory Group, said:

The RCP welcomes the approach of Public Health England in supporting the use of e-cigarettes for people who want to stop smoking. The evidence published today demonstrates that e-cigarettes are not a significant gateway into smoking for a new generation, instead they will help existing generations of smokers to give up, reducing smoking related harm and saving lives.

Stop smoking services will now be encouraged to recommend the use of e-cigarettes for people who want to stop smoking but who have not been successful with existing methods – the new evidence shows that behavioural support also increases the chances of success in giving up with e-cigarettes.

For further information, please contact Morgan Evans, RCP communications and new media adviser, on +44 (0)20 3075 1468 / 0779 508 8253, or email Morgan.Evans@rcplondon.ac.uk