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The debate over e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that often look like cigarettes but do not contain tobacco. On inhalation, a solution, often containing nicotine, is vaporised into a fine mist resembling cigarette smoke. Recently, since a few pharmacies have decided to sell e-cigarettes, a debate over the role of pharmacists in offering e-cigarettes has been started. On this page you will find all the information we have to offer over this ongoing debate.

Woman using an e-cigarette

Study finds direct association between e-cigarette use and successful quitting

14 SEP 2016By

Electronic cigarettes are helping people who want to quit smoking to successfully kick the habit, according to a study on the population impact of e-cigarettes on quit rates.

Vape pen

Pharmacies selling e-cigarettes illegally

16 AUG 2016

Pharmacies are making illegal sales of e-cigarettes and vaping liquids to people under the age of 18, according to a report published by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. 

E-cigarette on top of a broken traditional cigarette

Pharmacists must retain healthy scepticism about e-cigarettesSubscription

4 MAY 2016By

Why e-cigarettes must not divert our focus from nicotine prevention and cessation.

Unintended costs of EU e-cigarette tax hike Subscription

3 MAY 2016By

The media has been rife with sensationalist articles regarding the potential dangers of e-cigarettes. But when discussing e-cigarettes, it is important to remember that they are used overwhelmingly by smokers as a means of quitting or cutting down on cigarettes. According to Action on Smoking and Health — a campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco — instances of non-smokers taking up vaping (as opposed to just trying it once) are extremely ...

Close up of a man smoking an e-cigarette

E-cigarettes in smoking cessation: a harm reduction perspectiveSubscription

8 APR 2016By , ,

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are novel devices that simulate aspects of cigarette smoking and deliver nicotine to users. Evidence for their efficacy in smoking cessation, based on several randomised controlled trials of older devices, suggests a modest effect. They appear to be far less harmful than tobacco smoking, but the health effects of long-term use are unknown. Possible adverse population effects of widespread e-cigarette use, such as renormalising smoking ...

Pharmacists running smoking cessation services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to promote the option of e-cigarettes under new European-wide advertising rules coming into force in 2016. In the image, a man holds an e-cigarette

Smoking cessation services will not be bound by e-cigarette advertising restrictionsSubscription

17 DEC 2015

Pharmacists running smoking cessation services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will still be able to promote the option of e-cigarettes under new European advertising rules coming into force in 2016.

E-cigarettes will not cure people from nicotine addictionSubscription

9 DEC 2015By

Louise Ross urges us to stop scaremongering about e-cigarettes (The Pharmaceutical Journal 2015;295:327). ...

Some e-cigarettes and refill liquids contain the flavouring chemical diacetyl which has been linked to cases of the severe respiratory disease bronchiolitis obliterans, according to research. In the image, close-up of a man smoking an e-cigarette

Chemicals found in e-cigarettes could cause lung problemsSubscription

8 DEC 2015

Diacetyl, a flavouring chemical found in some e-cigarettes, has been linked to cases of the severe respiratory disease bronchiolitis obliterans or “popcorn lung”.

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