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Academics questioned on E-cigarettes

9 January 2018

A report from Public Health England states that E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful compared to conventional cigarettes and NHS England's recent "stop-tober" campaign highlights e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool. The Science and Technology Committee hears from two panels of academics on their assessment of the current research into e-cigarettes and their effect on human health.


Tuesday 9 January 2018, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Professor Peter Hajek, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Queen Mary University of London
  • Professor Mark Conner, Professor in Applied Social Psychology, University of Leeds
  • Professor Riccardo Polosa, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Catania

At 10.30am

  • Dr Lion Shahab, Senior Lecturer Health Psychology, University College London
  • Dr Jamie Brown, Deputy Director, Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group University College London
  • Professor Paul Aveyard, Co-ordinating Editor, The Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group

Purpose of the session

The first panel will focus on relative harmfulness of e-cigarettes compared to cigarettes, and assessments of whether different types of e-cigarettes have a varying health effect on the user.

The second panel will explore the appropriateness of using e-cigarette as a smoking cessation tool, and the possible role of e-cigarettes in "re-normalising" smoking.

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