15 Past presidents of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco say vaping can benefit public health

American Journal of Public Health 

Balfour et al., “Balancing Consideration of the Risks and Benefits of E-Cigarettes,” American Journal of Public Health 111, September 2021.

  • In September, fifteen former presidents of the highly regarded research institution, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) co-authored a paper endorsing the benefits of e-cigarettes in reducing smoking deaths.
  • The paper concluded that vaping is likely far less hazardous than smoking and warned that policies intended to reduce youth vaping risk could have a negative impact on the number of adults using vaping to quit.
  • The authors firmly believe that vaping can benefit public health, given substantial evidence which shows that vaping can reduce the harms of smoking.  
  • They assess four categories of evidence, all of which demonstrate that vaping is beneficial for smoking cessation: (1) the results of randomised trials, (2) population studies, (3) cigarette sales, and (4) the unintended consequences of policies restricting vaping.
  • They advise national governments to pursue a more “sensible mix of policies” in order to both reduce youth vaping and increase the potential for smoking cessation.