It’s hard to overstate the importance of the policy shift on vaping announced this week by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
In its latest national smoking cessation guidelines, the College now supports GPs and other health professionals if they wish to recommend vaping to smokers who have tried to quit but were unsuccessful with currently available medications.
As is the case in most western countries GPs in Australia are typically the first point of contact in matters of personal health for millions of smokers. Now smokers can ask their GP about vaping and learn that vaping is an effective tool to quit smoking and that it’s 95% less harmful than smoking.
It’s an extraordinary development considering Australia remains one of the more hostile regulatory and public health environments towards vaping.
Joining us for this edition of RegWatch Live is Dr. Colin Mendelsohn, Founding Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association and member of the Expert Advisory Group that develops the Australian national smoking cessation guidelines.
Could this policy shift be a game-changer for Australia?
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Live Streamed: January 29, 2020
Produced by: Brent Stafford
This episode is supported by: STLTH & DVINE LABS