Response to the Indian Council of Medical Research position statement on ENDS

August 2019: India

Consultation Response

The ICMR published a White Paper on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) with many false and misleading talking points gathered in one paper.

Konstantinos Farsalinos, Atul Ambekar and Riccardo Polosa published a comprehensive rebuttal review in the Indian Journal of Clinical Practice: White Paper on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems by the Indian Council of Medical Research: A Critical Appraisal of the Scientific Evidence

Sixty-two specialists in nicotine science, policy and practice signed a letter supporting and summarising the critique – see letter.

We believe the time has come to do something more for smokers who want to quit, and India and its agencies could be a world leader in crafting a new path of e-cigarettes and harm reduction and cessation. New Delhi has the opportunity to improve public health by integrating existing tobacco control policies with the promotion of less harmful forms of nicotine consumption for cigarette substitution. This opportunity will be lost if India bans e-cigarettes, and no new strategies means the tobacco epidemic will continue.

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