Doctors’ groups call for tougher regulations, bans on e-cigarettes
- G. McArthur
- Herald Sun 2015. Available from: http://www…
In January 1964 the Smoking and Health Report of the Advisory Committee to the SurgeonGeneral of the PublicHealth Service of the United States was released, identifying the adverse health effects of tobacco smoke. Since then the World Health Organization (WHO) has attributed almost 6million deaths per year to tobacco smoking, including those caused by second-hand smoke. For over four decades the health promotion and public health community have worked tirelessly to reduce smoking and curb the adverse health outcomes through actions such as smoke-free policies, tobacco taxes, advertising bans, social marketing campaigns, plain packaging and provision of cessation services, with adult daily smoking rates in Australia reducing from 35% in 1983 to 13% in 2013. However, the situation has now changedwith the emergence of e-cigarettes (ECs), and the debate is on as to whether this new nicotine delivery device has the potential to exacerbate nicotine addictions, or play a part in harm reduction and smoking cessation.