Smoking: E-Cigarettes — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 3rd February 2015.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 2:45 pm, 3rd February 2015

My Lords, the noble Lord is correct. The Cochrane review concluded that the quality of the evidence overall is low because it is based on only a small number of studies. The National Institute for Health Research has recently commissioned a large randomised control trial to examine the efficacy of e-cigarettes compared with nicotine replacement therapy when used within the UK’s stop smoking services. That project is due to end in 2018 and will certainly improve our current understanding.