publication date: Feb. 9, 2018

Conversation with the Cancer Letter NTRI’s Abrams: Smokers should use e-cigarettes if they can’t quit completely David Abrams-2

David Abrams

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 … Continue reading NTRI’s Abrams: Smokers should use e-cigarettes if they can’t quit completely

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