Use of electronic cigarettes in pregnancy: A guide for midwives and other healthcare professionals

Smoke Free Action, June 2016

This short briefing has been produced by the Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group and is intended to provide a summary of the evidence on electronic cigarettes, with suggested responses to some frequently asked questions about their use during pregnancy.

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E-cigarettes: an evidence update

Public Health England, August 2015

This expert independent evidence review published by Public Health England (PHE) concludes that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking.

Key findings of the review include:

•the current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking
•nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking
•there is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers

Click here to download the full report and a paper on the implications for policy and practice.

E-cigarette vapour could damage health of non-smokers

British Medical Journal, 17 November 2014

Particles in secondhand vapour from e-cigarettes have the potential to damage the health of non-smokers, a study by environmental scientists presented at the e-cigarette summit in London on 13 November has found…

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E-cigarettes–aid to smoking cessation or smokescreen?

The Lancet, September 2014

Over the GBD period 1990-2010, smoking-related deaths globally are estimated to have increased by 18%.  The recent US National Youth Tobacco Survey showed a dramatic increase in young people using e-cigarettes, from 79 000 in 2011, to 263 000 in 2013.  Accidental or deliberate ingestion of e-cigarette liquids can lead to acute nicotine toxicity, and deaths of children have been reported.

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Far more non-smoking US students are trying e-cigarettes, figures show

British Medical Journal, 29 August 2014

The number of middle and high school students in the United States who have tried electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) despite never using regular cigarettes increased threefold from 2011 to 2013, a new report has found.

The study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,1 published online on 20 August in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, reported that 263 000 non-smoking students tried e-cigarettes in 2013, compared with just 79 000 in 2011.

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WHO calls for ban on indoor use of e-cigarettes

BMA, 27 August 2014

The BMA has backed international calls to ban the indoor smoking of e-cigarettes.  In a report published yesterday the WHO (World Health Organisation) recommended that all indoor use of e-cigarettes be banned until there is was evidence about the potential harmful impact of nicotine vapours on bystanders….

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