Several media (including ours) have taken up the subject of an AFP dispatch on the WHO report 2019 tobacco that denounced the indisputable harmfulness of the electronic cigarette. The Pr Bertrand Dautzenberg, a tobacco expert, a former pulmonologist at La Pitié Salpêtrière and a fervent defender of the e-cigarette prefers to qualify this information.
« WHO remains cautious about its usefulness and its potential danger because there is a lack of studies on the subject. But nothing new. - Professor Bertrand Dautzenberg
The doctor reacts to the various articles published for two days in the press, taking the title of an AFP dispatch stating that, according to WHO, " Electronic cigarettes are undeniably harmful". " WHO's annual report on tobacco published on 26 July does not include news about e-cigarettes", Says Professor Dautzenberg.
If he agrees with the WHO on the importance of regulating the use of electronic cigarettes worldwide, the doctor said that, unlike other countries, this is already the case in France. It refers in particular to the ban on sales to minors, the strict rules of vaping in public places, the implementation of product standards and the very wide ban on advertising.
For him, the electronic cigarette remains a good way to stop smoking: " I see it during my consultations. I recommend it as a supplement to medication and it works. Because if many patients give up the drugs, a majority continue to vapot, because this alternative solution suits them better. »
However, scientific evidence is lacking. But things are moving forward. A study (Ecsmoke) funded by the French government to prove that the electronic cigarette is as effective as drugs to stop smoking is ongoing. His results should be known in two years.