Dr Joe Kosterich
Updated guidelines released by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) now support vaping as a quitting aid for smoking patients. Under the new guidelines, GPs and other health professionals can recommend vaping for smokers who have failed to quit smoking with the available treatments when patients raise the subject of vaping. Vaping is now the most popular quitting aid globally and has helped millions of smokers quit the deadly addiction. The RACGP is to be congratulated for this breakthrough shift in policy which reflects the growing evidence base for vaping. Vaping is not risk-free, but according to the UK Royal College of Physicians is at least 95% less harmful than smoking as it does not contain the multitude of chemicals which are created from burning tobacco.