An important article from the ATHRA Chairman
Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn (UNSW), chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association, posted an article today at The Medical Republic.– Should you recommend vaping to your smokers?
The article is linked above but here is a snippet –
As GPs, we need to consider additional new strategies to help smokers quit, such as vaping.
Although not supported by Australian authorities, vaping is now becoming established internationally as a valid evidence-based tobacco harm reduction strategy, endorsed for example by the UK Royal College of Physicians, the British Medical Association and the New Zealand Medical Association.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the New Zealand Ministry of Health launched a new website called Vaping Facts. The website provides accurate information on vaping and encourages smokers to make the switch.
IMHO, it’s time we put pressure on members of science and medicine to speak up on tobacco harm reduction, even go as far as embracing it. It’s a proven, effective means of combating smoking addiction, in fact, it is now the most effective cessation method for those unwilling or unable to quit using more traditional methods.