Doctors: E-cigarettes 'much safer' than smoking and aid quitting

A recent report by a major UK group of doctors, the Royal College of Physicians, has concluded that e-cigarettes are far safer than smoking traditional cigarettes and could aid users in quitting.

Although there is research on the harmful health effects and safety of e-cigarettes, the group believes e-cigarette use is beneficial to public health and doctors should encourage smokers to use them.

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In a prepared statement, John Britton, chair of the Royal College of Physicians' Tobacco Advisory Group said: "This report lays to rest almost all of the concerns over these products, and concludes that, with sensible regulation, electronic cigarettes have the potential to make a major contribution towards preventing the premature death, disease and social inequalities in health that smoking currently causes in the UK."

"Smokers should be reassured that these products can help them quit all tobacco use forever."

The group supports the role of electronic cigarettes as part of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy and calls smoking the biggest avoidable cause of harm to health.

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