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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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: E-Cigarettes are sold at the V-Revolution E-Cigarette shop in Covent Garden on August 27, 2014 in London, England. The Department of Health have ruled out the outlawing of 'e-cigs' in enclosed spaces in England, despite calls by WHO, The World Health Organisation to do so. WHO have recommended a ban on indoor smoking of e-cigs as part of tougher regulation of products dangerous to children. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Different flavours for E-Cigarettes are sold at the V-Revolution E-Cigarette shop in Covent Garden on August 27, 2014 in London, England. The Department of Health have ruled out the outlawing of 'e-cigs' in enclosed spaces in England, despite calls by WHO, The World Health Organisation to do so. WHO have recommended a ban on indoor smoking of e-cigs as part of tougher regulation of products dangerous to children. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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