The ELF would like to wish all our readers a Happy New Year.
Here is a round-up of the respiratory news you may have missed over the Christmas period:
Italian Health Agency rejects use of e-cigarettes
The Italian Health Agency (Istituto Superiore di Sanità) has issued a new report rejecting the use of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool. The new report recognises that e-cigarettes could reduce the harm caused by second-hand smoke but concludes that people who use e-cigarettes could be encouraged to pick up the habit of smoking, particularly young people or those who have already quit.
The report also states that there is no scientific evidence sufficient to establish the safety and effectiveness of the products as a method for smoking cessation.