Do doctors have an ethical obligation to consider e-cigarettes?

They could be an option when first-line treatments fail

Doctors have an ethical obligation to consider e-cigarettes for patients who are unable to quit using conventional methods, according to a review of the evidence.

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Nicotine replacement, varenicline and bupropion are considered first-line therapies, but the reviewers found sufficient empirical evidence and real-world experience to consider e-cigarettes, with nicotine, as a harm-reduction tool.

While e-cigarettes that contain nicotine are banned in Australia, doctors can prescribe nicotine e-liquids for therapeutic purposes. Patients can legally import three months’