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CALL FOR DOCTORS, HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND SCIENTISTS IN SUPPORT OF
ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES.

As physicians and health professionals we see everyday patients who are severely affected by
tobacco smoking, many of whom will eventually die or have their health severely affected despite
our help and advice. Tobacco smoking remains the most serious public health issue in the world.

People smoke for the nicotine but die from the chemicals produced when tobacco is
burned.i Unfortunately, currently available smoking cessation medications have limited efficacy and
acceptability for the majority of smokers. However, we believe that there is a solution: the use of
electronic cigarettes clearly has huge potential to help many smokers turn their backs on tobacco.

To this end, we strongly believe that ethically and scientifically speaking it is our responsibility to
draw attention to the following:

    ï‚· It is the combustion of tobacco and the 4000 chemical substances that are produced when
         smoking cigarettes that are harmful to health of smokers, not the nicotine.

    ï‚· The dangers of electronic cigarettes are considerably lower than those of tobacco. From
         analysis of the constituents of e-cigarette vapour, e-cigarettes can be expected to be at least
         95 to 99% safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes in terms of long-term health risks.ii

    ï‚· The vapour exhaled from e-cigarette users is highly unlikely to be harmful to bystanders;
         nicotine concentrations in exhaled vapour are too low to have pharmacological effects on
         bystanders.iii

    ï‚· Randomised controlled trials show that e-cigarettes are effective in smoking cessationiv and
         studies of the use of e-cigarettes in real world settings show that they are more effective
         than other means for stopping smoking including Nicotine Replacement Therapy.v
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