Professor Jennifer Tidey comments on an article in The New York Times about the benefits and risks of e-cigarettes:
"On the one hand, e-cigarettes hold great promise for helping smokers quit using combustible tobacco, which kills almost half a million Americans per year. On the other hand, there is justifiable concern about the finding that kids who experiment with e-cigarettes are more likely to try cigarettes. We think the most effective and safest approach is to encourage current smokers to switch to e-cigarettes so that they obtain their nicotine from a less harmful product, along with a national nicotine reduction policy to make cigarettes less addictive. Reducing the nicotine content of cigarettes would greatly reduce the likelihood that e-cigarette use would be a gateway to combustible tobacco use. Our studies at the SPH are in the vanguard of a national effort to understand how this combined approach affects cigarette smoking in adults and adolescents."