THE FEWER THE FACTS, THE STRONGER THE OPINION

A response to an OP-ED:  
“Children must be protected from the glamorised promotion of e-cigarettes”  
featured on the Daily Maverick, 1 December 2020. The OP-ED was penned by Dr Sharon Nyatsanza (project and communications manager at the National Council Against Smoking) and Dr Catherine Egbe (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council)

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SA GOVERNMENT IS MISSING AN OPPORTUNITY

In its understandable desire to stamp out smoking, government is rushing headlong to lump vaping and smoking in the same bill. Two years after the publication of the Control of Tobacco Products and Nicotine Delivery Systems Bill, government has indicated that it is almost ready to proceed with tabling the…

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COCHRANE REVIEW: E-cigarettes more effective at helping smokers quit

The review, produced by Cochrane, examined the best quality evidence on e-cigarettes for quitting smoking from around the world. They found that e-cigarettes were more effective at helping smokers quit than the use of nicotine replacement therapy, currently the most commonly used medication to help smokers quit.

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Experts Say that We Should Trust Science to Save Lives

Electronic cigarettes and heat-not-burn devices are among the innovative alternatives to conventional cigarettes. According to Public Health England, vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking and switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits over continued smoking.

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Misconceptions about nicotine risks uncovered

The 1,020 doctors surveyed between September 2018 and February 2019 were asked about their understanding of tobacco treatment practices, harm reduction beliefs and tobacco and e-cigarette use, reported Modesta Alobawone for Rutgers University on 10 September 2020. According to a Rutgers University-led national survey in the United States, most doctors misperceive the…

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Anti-tobacco activists now thwart vaping ‘health revolution’

"...Although innovation has always had its enemies, it seems safe to say that this is a unique episode in the history of modern public health, when otherwise respected institutions, doctors and public professionals relentlessly inculcated doubt against a product (e-cigarettes) and a practice (vaping) by disseminating half-truths, non-sequiturs and brazen…

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