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The World Health Organization should be embracing the benefits of e-cigarettes in helping people to stop smoking, not overly-regulating them, says UEL’s Dr Lynne Dawkins, a key researcher in the area. This is in response to a recent call for tighter e-cigarette regulation.
Dr Lynne Dawkins, Co-ordinator of the Drugs and Addictive Behaviours Research Group at UEL, joined leading scientists from around the world in appealing for the World Health Organization (WHO) to reconsider its intention to classify e-cigarettes in the same way as regular cigarettes. The experts warned that the WHO risk missing an opportunity to drastically reduce smoking and the illness and death associated with it.
Dr Dawkins has conducted extensive research into the effects of various electronic delivery devices for craving reduction, cognitive functioning and blood nicotine delivery. Her pharmacokinetic study was the first in Europe to demonstrate measurable nicotine delivery in experienced e-cigarette users, and her group recently published a large scale survey of e-cigarette users, capturing essential data on user profiles, preferences and utilization behaviour.
Dr Dawkins and her team have found that many people report using e-cigarettes for smoking cessation, and that these users had a longer ‘time to first vape’ in the morning than smokers had to their first cigarette, possibly suggesting reduced dependence on nicotine. Their research was recently cited by Nature News.
Dr Dawkins said: “The signatories believe that for WHO to suggest that e-cigarettes are as risky as other tobacco products would send an erroneous and bleak message to the millions of current e-cigarette users who have used them to quit smoking and would discourage smokers from trying them. We would miss out on a major opportunity to reduce smoke related deaths globally.”
Read more about the impact of UEL’s e-cigarette research at: http://www.uel.ac.uk/research/research-impact/e-cigarettes/
A public lecture on e-cigarettes delivered by Dr. Lynne Dawkins on 3rd July 2013 is available to watch on YouTube below