Cancer Expert says GPs need to explain benefits of vaping
We all know the problems from smoking tobacco, but unfortunately the latest research from Cancer Research UK has revealed that over 9 million people still smoke here in the UK.
Of these, 3 million people have never tried vaping, and 23% have safety concerns with e-cigarettes.
To date research shows that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking.
In this video titled “E cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool”, Dr Richard Roope (CRUK and RCGP Clinical Champion for Cancer) outlines the latest evidence on the use of e-cigarettes and how GPs can support patients to stop smoking.
Dr Richard Roope explains that these safety concerns are largely unnecessary.
“Vaping is equivalent to nicotine replacement, and is facilitating patient choice,” he says.
Dr Roope says that one of the challenges is for General Practitioner Doctors (GPs) in the UK to better explain how vaping is far less harmful than tobacco smoking.
“If we have the opportunity to engage with our patients and present vaping as one of the options to assist the professional support, then we may have some big impacts on outcomes,” Dr Roope says.
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is a cancer research and awareness charity in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man, formed on 4 February 2002 by the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. Its aim is to reduce the number of deaths from cancer.
Royal College of General Practitioners
The Royal College of General Practitioners is the professional body for general practitioners in the United Kingdom.