Research: Nicotine without smoke Tobacco harm reduction
Nicotine without smoke Tobacco harm reduction
A report by the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians
Some highlights we wanted to share. Feel free to read the entire report here:
· There is no evidence that either NRT or e-cigarette use has resulted in renormalisation of smoking.
· None of these products has to date attracted significant use among adult never-smokers, or demonstrated evidence of significant gateway progression into smoking among young people
· Substituting medicinal nicotine (NRT) for tobacco almost completely prevents any further damage to self or others from nicotine use.
· The proportion of smokers using NRT has fallen by about half over this period, but the proportion using any non-tobacco nicotine product has increased to just under 30%.
· These trends are similar but more marked among recent ex-smokers, 40% of whom use an e-cigarette.
· Use of e-cigarettes among adults who have never been regular smokers is very rare.
· Regular use is almost exclusively limited to young people who are already either regular or occasional smokers, or have experimented with smoking in the past.
· Young regular users of e-cigarettes also favour later-generation devices, and fruit, tobacco or menthol flavours.
· In adults and young people in the UK, therefore, use of e-cigarettes is limited almost entirely to those who are already using, or have used, tobacco.
· Uptake of smoking is falling in the UK, but most current smokers are likely to continue smoking for many years
· Harm reduction has the potential to complement conventional tobacco control policy by offering an alternative means for smokers to stop smoking tobacco.
· Although the long-term hazards of e-cigarette use are not yet clearly defined, e-cigarettes are probably close to NRT in the harm that their use confers on the user and others
· The long-term hazard associated with e-cigarette use is likely to fall, as a result of regulatory and technological developments.
· The e-cigarette market has demonstrated massive growth in value and, until relatively recently, has been driven by independent e-cigarette companies.