The American Cancer Society has for the first time endorsed e-cigarettes as a tool to help smokers kick the habit.
The board formally approved the ACS Position Statement on Electronic Cigarettes which drew upon the growing body of evidence supporting vaping as a safer alternative to smoking.
The ACS stopped short of recommending e-cigarettes in the first instance, instead stating that they should only be used in cases where FDA-approved treatments have been unsuccessful or where smokers would otherwise not attempt to quit.
“These individuals should be encouraged to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product possible; switching to the exclusive use of e-cigarettes is preferable to continuing to smoke combustible products.”
(Confusingly, the FDA classes e-cigarettes as ‘tobacco products’ despite the fact that they don’t contain tobacco).
The report outlined clinical and policy recommendations that reflected a cautious but encouraging shift in stance. The US media has historically been quite hostile towards e-cigarettes so it will be interesting to see what coverage the report generates.
2018 has already been a pretty good year for American vapers. Back in January, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) published their FDA-commissioned Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes report which explained in detail how e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than combustible cigarettes and offer smokers the opportunity to reduce their risk of developing a smoking-related illnesses.
To read the ACS statement in full, head over to their website: https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/e-cigarette-position-statement.html