How can we encourage and establish Harm Reduction while protecting youth from adopting the use of nicotine?
Public Health England has introduced vaping as a means to quit smoking and reduce the risk for cancer. According to the February 2021 report on “Vaping in England” and the evidence update for smoking cessation prepared by King’s College London, there is strong evidence that nicotine vaping products are effective for smoking cessation and reduction. The highest quit rates (74%) were observed when the quit attempt involved the use of a licensed medicine for smoking cessation and a vaping product one after another. Using a vaping product remains the most popular aid used in a quit attempt. However, there is a “fear” that tobacco harm reduction policies will encourage the uptake of vaping and thus addiction to nicotine by youth. Lion Shahab in his lecture will present evidence in this respect.
Chair: Konstantinos Farsalinos
Speaker: Lion Shahab