Good news from across the pond where Action on Smoking and Health (UK) has released a smart briefing on electronic cigarettes and reiterate their pro harm reduction stance. (Link here to ASH pdf.)
ASH supports a harm reduction approach to tobacco, that is, we recognise that whilst efforts to help people stop smoking should remain a priority, many people either do not wish to stop smoking or find it very hard to do so. For this group, we believe that products should
be made available that deliver nicotine in a safe way, without the harmful components found in tobacco. Most of the diseases associated with smoking are caused by inhaling smoke which contains thousands of toxic chemicals. By contrast, nicotine is relatively safe. Therefore, e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without the harmful toxins found in tobacco smoke, are likely to be a safer alternative to smoking.
This not only good news but illustrates the vast differences that exist between the American and British versions of this organization. It is strange that they share the name in that the UK version is pretty well a governmental outpost while the American is an activist group. ASH-UK has medical and health personnel driving its programs while ASH-US is lawyer driven. ASH-US is in the grips of a smoker pogrom whereas ASH-UK seems to care about helping smokers reduce their health risks.