E-cigarettes controversy (Transcript)

(AK)  Welcome to Observations Podcast from Medical Observer.  My name is Annette Katelaris.  Thanks for joining me.  Smokers live on average ten years less than non-smokers and every second long-term smoker will die prematurely from a smoking-related disease.  Just under one in five adult Australians smoke, unless of course you are poor, indigenous, have a mental illness or have another substance abuse disorder, in which case you’re much more likely to smoke.  The World Health Organization expects up to one billion preventable tobacco-related deaths in the 21st century.  In this podcast we will discuss the highly controversial e-cigarettes.  Are they just another push by big tobacco, or a real and relatively safe solution to nicotine dependence?  We will also look at the traps for novices in prescribing more traditional forms of nicotine replacement therapy. I am very pleased to welcome Adjunct Associate