Experts' consensus on use of electronic cigarettes: a Delphi survey from Switzerland.
Bottom Line: As scientific data about efficacy and long-term safety of these products are scarce, tobacco control experts are divided on how to regulate them.These recommendations encompass three principles: (1) the reality principle, as the product is already on the market; (2) the prevention principle, as e-cigarettes provide an alternative to tobacco for actual smokers, and (3) the precautionary principle, to protect minors and non-smokers, since long-term effects are not yet known.Swiss authorities should design specific regulations to sell nicotine-containing e-cigarettes.
Affiliation: Department of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.Show MeSH
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Mentions: In the present study, an online questionnaire was submitted to a panel of Swiss experts over the course of four rounds, between September 2013 and January 2014 (figure 1), assessing the extent of their agreement on different statements. The questions were adapted based on the results and comments from the previous round. The research team keeps the original questionnaires, which were available for consultation. As no patient was involved in the study, the Ethics Review Board from the University of Lausanne confirmed that as per the Swiss legislation, no formal ethics approval was necessary.
Affiliation: Department of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.