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American Cancer Society Supports Vaping

By | 2018-02-26T17:19:28+00:00 February 20th, 2018|News|0 Comments

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: 

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