HOT TOPIC: Electronic Cigarettes - Should they be recommended to smokers or ex-smokers to use them in the UK?

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Satellite HOT TOPIC: Electronic Cigarettes - Should they be recommended to smokers or ex-smokers to use them in the UK?
Speakers Darush Attar-Zadeh (Respiratory Lead Pharmacist, Barnet CCG) & Dr Filippos Filippidis (Senior Lecturer in Public Health and co-director of the Master of Public Health, Imperial College London)
Satellite Description

Two experts will look at the current evidence around e-cigarette use in people who smoke and ex-smokers.

They will also debate the following:

  • Current uptake of e-cigarettes amongst young people and never smokers in England?
  • Effectiveness of e-cigarettes vs licensed varenicline and NRT treatments for smoking cessation
  • Affordability of e-cigarettes
  • Safety of e-cigarettes vs cigarettes – balancing the risks
  • What do we know about lung conditions linked to e-cigarettes? Should we be concerned about MHRA regulated e-cigarettes in the UK?
  • Potential public health impact of e-cigarettes

Both speakers are in agreement that vaping isn’t harmless and if a person doesn’t smoke then they shouldn’t vape.​

Dr. Filippidis is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health and the co-director of the Master of Public Health at Imperial College London. He has a background in medicine, health promotion, epidemiology and public health. His current research is focused on the epidemiology of tobacco and e-cigarette use, and on tobacco control policies in European countries. He has also studied the effects of the recent economic crisis on health, lifestyle risk factors including smoking, and health services. He is a member of the Tobacco Control Committee of the European Respiratory Society and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed papers, most of which on tobacco control.

A pharmacist based in the community and primary care; specialising in the field of treating tobacco dependency and AsthmaRightCare. Darush has presented at various national & international conferences (including the PCRS, IPCRG, ERS, Clinical Pharmacy Congress). Darush was part of the London Clinical Senate Helping Smokers Quit programme. In his role as respiratory lead pharmacist (Barnet CCG & RightBreathe), Darush managed to lead a medicines management service to winning the pharmacist award in respiratory services 2016. In 2019 Darush was awarded PCPA GP Pharmacist runner up, recognised for pharmacological/non-pharmacological interventions. He runs group sessions with patients and clinicians. One of his main missions is to reduce health inequalities caused by tobacco and spends a lot of his time teaching in deprived locations across the UK.


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