E-cigarette viable quit tool: experts

At the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) last week in Abu Dhabi, Professor Ron Borland from Cancer Council Victoria dismissed suggestions that e-cigarettes could lure adolescents into nicotine addiction.

“I don’t know of any examples [of this happening]. All my evidence is that it’s looking promising as a major means of reducing smoking,” he told Medical Observer.

However, World Health Organization chief Dr Margaret Chan said she encouraged governments that were moving to ban or regulate e-cigarette use.

“Non-smoking is the norm, and e-cigarettes will derail the normality thinking, because it will attract especially young people to take on smoking,” she said. “I do not support that.”

WHO and many other speakers agreed that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes had to be regulated given the lack of research on the issue.

However, Associate Professor Jean-Francois