publication date: Feb. 9, 2018
Conversation with the Cancer Letter
NTRI’s Abrams: Smokers should use e-cigarettes if they can’t quit completely
Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the New York University College of Global Public Health
Withholding e-cigarettes as an alternative from smokers who are unable to quit equals supporting the continued use of conventional cigarettes, said David Abrams, a member of the National Tobacco Reform Initiative.
“The main thing you want to get across with the NASEM report and others is that smokers should absolutely try to find an e-cigarette that works for them if they can’t quit completely,” said Abrams, professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the New York University College of Global Public Health. “The public have been very much misled and wrongly believe that e-cigarettes would not help you quit.”
Citing ideology and “old-school thinking,” Abrams says regulators and other tobacco control advocates should stop being overly cautious and find a balance—by allowing some risks of e-cigarettes in order to save lives.
“I think the misinformation that is out there is a very big deal, and we hope public health leaders will now help correct misperceptions.”
Abrams spoke with Matthew Ong, a reporter with The Cancer Letter.
When did you join the NTRI, and how did you become acquainted with the organization?
I joined pretty much at the beginning, maybe two years ago. I was sort of part of the group that—along with Allan Erickson … Continue reading NTRI’s Abrams: Smokers should use e-cigarettes if they can’t quit completely
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