New Zealand Medical Association announces support for e-cigarettes

Posted by DrMendelsohn on 28 July, 2017

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The New Zealand Medical Association has announced its support for the use of electronic cigarettes with nicotine for adult smokers.

The new Position Statement says:

‘We support making nicotine-containing e-cigarettes legally and readily available in New Zealand for adults, contingent on an appropriate regulatory regime that ensures due care for unintended harms and risks’.

It also says medical practitioners should use their position to advocate for e-cigarettes and other strategies to reduce smoking rates.

Earlier in the year, the New Zealand Parliament announced it would be making the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid legal as a consumer product with appropriate controls. The process is underway, after community Consultation on Electronic Cigarettes, Preparation of a consumer Q&A, a Regulatory Impact Statement and the formation of a Technical Expert Advisory Group.

Meanwhile in Australia… the Australian Medical Association is holding firmly to its position that ‘currently there is no medical reason to start using an e-cigarette’, which appears to ignore the growing evidence base.

The Australian Medical Association position was harshly critiqued by me last year. Hopefully the AMA will update its position in line with the emerging evidence. For the health of smokers, it will hopefully be sooner rather  than later.

 

Read my critique of the AMA policy. Is the AMA statement on e-cigarettes consistent with evidence?

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