Royal Australian College of General Practitioners now supports Vaping as aid to stop smoking
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has just made a breakthrough announcement on the use of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid.
The RACGP has recommended nicotine-based e-cigarettes are a suitable secondary aid for tobacco smokers seeking to quit smoking. This is a major shift in its position on e-cigarettes and vaping.
The recommendations by the RACGP are published in the updated second edition of its guide for health professionals “Supporting smoking cessation”.
The report analyses recent research studies into the use of e-cigarettes, and concludes that the studies show “those who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try to quit and quit successfully than those who do not use e-cigarettes."
The RACGP consider nicotine replacement therapies including nicotine gums, lozenges and patches to be a first-line aid for smokers looking to quit. The report also explains that acupuncture, naltrexone and hypnotherapy without counselling are ineffective approaches to smoking cessation.
Vaping support organisations in Australia have welcomed the shift. The Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA) said “The College of GPs is to be congratulated for this shift in policy, which brings it in line with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the UK Royal College of General Practitioners, the New Zealand Medical Association and many other medical bodies.”
“This is a huge step in the right direction by front line health professionals who see the destruction caused by traditional tobacco products and want to reduce harm” said Brian Marlow, Campaign Director for Legalise Vaping Australia.
“The RACGP have examined all of the evidence on the effectiveness of vaping products and have correctly determined that these products should be available to addicted smokers looking for a less harmful alternative. Something that pro-vaping campaigners have been advocating for for years.”
The guide update was funded by VicHealth and the Australian Government Department of Health.