Introduction: e-cigarettes and policy

Linda Bauld

Abstract

This symposium focuses on electronic cigarettes and potential benefits and challenges they pose for efforts to reduce preventable cancers caused by smoking. E-cigarettes, or nicotine vapourisers, are currently the most popular aid to stopping smoking in the UK, involved in one in three quit attempts in England for example. However, evidence regarding their effectiveness for smoking cessation is still limited and there are concerns about some elements of the products and potential use by children. This session will outline CRUK’s contribution to supporting research that aims to address important unanswered questions on e-cigarettes as well as build networks to provide evidence to inform policy on these issues. The three speakers in the session will outline findings from the latest research and also provide an international perspective on this issue.