In preparation for the 2021 revision of the European Union Tobacco Products Directive, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) has posted its Preliminary Opinion on Electronic Cigarettes. They concluded that e-cigarettes only achieve a sub-optimal level of protection of human health. In this paper, we provide evidence that the Opinion's conclusions are not adequately backed up by scientific evidence and did not discuss the potential health benefits of using alternative combustion-free nicotine-containing products as substitute for tobacco cigarettes.

Critical appraisal of the European Union Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) Preliminary Opinion on electronic cigarettes

Polosa, Riccardo;Li Volti, Giovanni;Bertino, Gaetano
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Ferlito Salvatore;Venera, Tomaselli;Francesco Nocera;Zanoli Luca;Salvatore Alaimo;Carmelina Daniela Anfuso;Ignazio Barbagallo;Francesco Basile;Sebastiano Battiato;Alberto Bianchi;Emma Cacciola;Rossella R Cacciola;Bruno Santi Cacopardo;Aldo E Calogero;Maria Teresa Cambria;Davide Campagna;Filippo Caraci;Agatino Cariola;Massimo Caruso;Maurizio Di Mauro;Santo Di Nuovo;Filippo Drago;Salvatore Failla;Margherita Ferrante;Francesco Frasca;Lucia Frittitta;Pio M Furneri;Fabio Galvano;Antonio Gagliano;Giuseppe Grasso;Antonino Gulino;Sandro La Vignera;Gabriella Lupo;Luigi Marletta;Guido Nicolosi;Francesco Nocera;Gea Oliveri Conti;Rosalba Parenti;Alfredo Pulvirenti;Francesco Purrello;Francesco Rapisarda;Venerando Rapisarda;Renata Rizzo;Simone Ronsisvalle;Martino Ruggieri;Maria C Santagati;Cristina Satriano;Laura Sciacca;Maria Salvina Signorelli;Luca Zanoli;Agata Zappalà
2021

Abstract

In preparation for the 2021 revision of the European Union Tobacco Products Directive, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) has posted its Preliminary Opinion on Electronic Cigarettes. They concluded that e-cigarettes only achieve a sub-optimal level of protection of human health. In this paper, we provide evidence that the Opinion's conclusions are not adequately backed up by scientific evidence and did not discuss the potential health benefits of using alternative combustion-free nicotine-containing products as substitute for tobacco cigarettes.
ENDS
European Union Tobacco Products Directive
Gateway
Risk assessment
SCHEER
Tobacco harm reduction
e-cigarettes
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