French government120 health professionals have signed an appeal to the French government urging them to consider a tobacco reduction policy, “based on the full potential of electronic cigarettes.”

The appeal which was signed by health professionals from around the world including France, Austria, the United Kingdom and the USA, was made public at the first Vaping exhibition held in France, organised by Fivape (Interprofessional Vaping Federation) and Aiduce (Independent Association of Electronic Cigarette Users).

The initiator of this call for a wide-spread policy change - focusing on tobacco harm reduction - is Dr Philippe Presles of SOS Addictions. He argues that “electronic cigarettes are not only considerably safer than tobacco, but also less dangerous than red meat, which was recently classified as potentially carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).”

“In the over 10 years since electronic cigarettes have been on the market, we have had zero cases of diseases related to their use and zero deaths,” Presles said, adding that smoking kills 78,000 French people every year. “Before condemning electronic cigarettes, it’s important to look at the stakes”.

The document also referred to Public Health England’s recent report which concluded with the statement that ‘vaping is around 95% safer than smoking’, leading to Preseles argue that, “This strategy of risk reduction with the help of the e-cigarette, combined with high prices for tobacco products has been a success in the UK, where the adult smoking population makes up just 18% of the general population”.

In France, almost a third of the adult population smokes tobacco, whilst two thirds of the population wrongly believe e-cigarettes to be more dangerous than tobacco - double the amount in Britain.

Laurent Liguine an addiction specialist at Rennes and Laval Hospital who also co-signed the appeal, added that, “Electronic cigarettes are incomparably less toxic than smoking, there is no question,”

Liguine, who identifies as a harm-reductionist, presented his view that “Advocating for total abstinence no-longer works, instead we need to focus on improving the health of our patients. The objective is to achieve a better life. If that involves completing giving up nicotine, that’s great, but the patient must have a choice. Being very interventionist is ineffective.”

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The full details of this historic appeal are available HERE