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Vaping: 10 frequently asked questions

Colin Mendelsohn, Alex Wodak

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Abstract

GPs may be asked by their patients for advice on vaping and therefore need to be informed with the latest evidence. GPs may also wish to recommend personal vaporisers to patients unable or unwilling to quit smoking with conventional therapies. This article provides evidence-based answers to 10 of the most frequently asked questions about vaping with the aim of providing GPs with the information they need to con dently discuss the subject with their patients who smoke.

Key Points

  • Electronic cigarettes are a legitimate tobacco harm reduction tool for smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit unaided or with approved therapies.
  • There is growing evidence that vaping helps some people to quit smoking.
  • Electronic cigarettes are not risk free but are far less harmful than smoking.
  • Regular use by young people and nonsmokers is rare.

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