Statement from specialists in nicotine science and public health policy

26 May 2014

7 pp. 156 kB:
http://www.nicotinepolicy.net/documents/letters/MargaretChan.pdf

More than 50 scientists and experts have written to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to persuade her to view e-cigarettes as part of the solution to tobacco – not part of the problem. The experts argue that e-cigs and other non-combustible tobacco products (like “snus”) “could be among the most significant health innovations of the 21st Century – perhaps saving hundreds of millions of lives.” E-cigs and other tobacco harm reduction products could help play an important role in reducing non-communicable disease, the signatories argued. The letter urges WHO to resist the push to control and suppress these products as tobacco products because doing so “will do more harm than good.”

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