Position paper on electronic cigarettes.
- According to research commissioned by the Irish Cancer Society, there are approximately 134,000 e-cigarette users in Ireland.
- Research into the long-term effects of their using e-cigarettes is not yet available.
- The Irish Cancer Society cannot recommend the use of e-cigarettes without guarantees on their long-term safety.
- In the absence of proven safety and efficacy, the Society wants the Department of Health to regulate e-cigarettes as medicinal product.
- The Irish Cancer Society is committed to a reduction in the rate of smoking in Ireland and has been a tireless advocate of the Government’s goal of a Tobacco Free Ireland by 2025. We recommend that smokers seeking to quit do so by giving up immediately and permanently.
- The Irish Cancer Society wants to ensure marketing of e-cigarettes ‘denormalises’ smoking rather than renormalise it.
- The Irish Cancer Society believes the workplace smoking ban should not be undermined and therefore supports employers who keep their workplaces free of e-cigarette use.