In response to the article & # 39; Vape, do not smoke, expert & # 39; published in Newshub on November 24, 2017 stating that "A public health professor has stated that smoking rates would be drastically reduced if disinformation about e-cigarettes is not disseminated."
"As far as we know, there is no reliable evidence that the use of electronic cigarettes reduces the incidence of smoking normal tobacco cigarettes, "says Letitia O & # 39; Dwyer, executive director of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ).
"However, we recognize that for some people struggling to stop using current smoking cessation aids, the use of electronic cigarettes may be beneficial, but we must make sure that we are focusing on that group," says Dr. Jones, Medical Director of ARFNZ.
"Restricting the sale of electronic cigarettes only to those who smoke and wish to use electronic cigarettes to abandon or reduce harm is something that should be considered, and perhaps a subsidy would help in that situation, and as part of a program to stop smoking, "says Dr. Jones, who is also the president of the local branch of the Thoracic Society.
"But what we do not want is for our younger generation of New Zealanders to use electronic cigarettes or vaping thinking they are harmless – we just do not have enough information about the long-term effects of these products," says Dr. Jones.
This attitude of caution is aligned with the International Respiratory Societies Forum (FIRS), an organization composed of the main international respiratory societies that represent 70,000 members worldwide. Your position is that health and safety statements regarding electronic nicotine delivery devices should be subject to an evidentiary review.
The FIRS point of view on electronic cigarettes and vaping has been presented by leading international experts at the Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR) 2017 in Sydney (November 23-26, 2017).
FIRS is part of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), American College of Thoracic Physicians (CHEST), Latin American Thoracic Association (ALAT), Asian and Pacific Respirology Society (APSR), European Respiratory Society (ERS) , International Union against Tuberculosis and Pulmonary Disease (The Union) and the Pan-African Thoracic Society (PATS).