Smoking, vaping and public health: Time to be creative

David Sweanor

Abstract


The development of policies on vaping in health care organizations (HCOs) needs to be based on a solid understanding of science and a recognition of individual rights. It should also be seen in the broader public health context of innovative alternative nicotine delivery systems playing a key role in ending the immense devastation of combustible cigarettes. Opposition to vaping based on inaccurate and incomplete information, or fear of unlikely and avoidable hypothetical unintended consequences, will invariably cause great harm to individuals, impede rather than assist the attainment of public health objectives, and unnecessarily prolong the epidemic of cigarette-caused diseases.

Keywords


Smoking; vaping; harm reduction; HCOs; tobacco; e-cigarettes

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17269/cjph.106.5389