Passions ignite in the ongoing debate over e-cigarettes

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Some health debates simply smoulder, a few will resolve and others will congeal. Maybe there is no better example of the latter than the ongoing debate regarding e-cigarettes.

The arguments are familiar, both for and against, rehearsed and repeated for many years. But at last month's AMA Conference in Canberra, you could feel how deep the passions still burn in the medical profession over this issue.

The AMA’s public stance has been a simple no to legalising e-cigarettes, citing last year’s NHMRC statement about the lack of evidence around their