The E-Cigarette Debate

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Probably the most intense and at times vicious fight within the medical community right now concerns whether e-cigarettes are a net harm or a net benefit to public health. E-cigarettes expel many carcinogens and their use is skyrocketing among the young. On the other hand, traditional tobacco cigarettes are even worse, and if e-cigs drive them out of the market that would benefit population health.

This is an issue where knowledgeable people of good will can disagree, and indeed have. More civil, thoughtful debate is in order and we hope to facilitate that this coming Monday at the Stanford Health Policy Forum. The event is free and open to the public and we hope you can attend (all details here).

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University. He served as a senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 2009 to 2010.