ASH UK briefing Oct 2009
ASH supports a harm reduction approach to tobacco, that is, we recognize that whilst
efforts to help people stop smoking should remain a priority, many people either do not wish
to stop smoking or find it very hard to do so. For this group, we believe that products should
be made available that deliver nicotine in a safe way, without the harmful components found
in tobacco. Most of the diseases associated with smoking are caused by inhaling smoke
which contains thousands of toxic chemicals. By contrast, nicotine is relatively safe.
Therefore, e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without the harmful toxins found in tobacco
smoke, are likely to be a safer alternative to smoking.
Posted January 1, 2010 at 7:53 PM