Italy's recent amendment to the Sirchia Law banning electronic cigarettes from public places has seen the use of e-cigarettes be permitted in places that traditional cigarettes are banned, such as offices, restaurants, cinemas, public transport and bars. However, electronic cigarette use will be still be banned in schools.
Campaigning public health charity, ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) is an organisation that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco. ASH was established in 1971 by the UK’s Royal College of Physicians. ASH recently (November 2014) issued a briefing on electronic cigarettes (personal vapourizers).
Auckland University has just conducted the first ever trial to compare electronic cigarettes with nicotine patches, the good news is that the research shows comparable success in helping smokers to quit.
The Royal College of Physicians is backing e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking. Small studies suggest they help smokers quit the real thing and the surge in growth of e-cigarettes is upsetting the big tobacco companies with their sales of traditional cigarettes falling 8% last year.
Public Health England (PHE) believe that based on the evidence e-cigarettes have the potential to make a significant contribution to the endgame of tobacco. "The current best estimate is that e-cigarette use is around 95% less harmful to health than smoking."
An article published in www.eCigaretteResearch.com on 11 February 2014 by Dr Farsalinos announces that a worldwide survey on the characteristics, side effects and benefits of electronic cigarette use has been submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal.