Christopher Snowdon appeared on BBC Radio Sussex to discuss e-cigarettes and the likely damage of a proposed prohibition.
Mr Snowdon stated that although the idea of someone moving from e-cigarettes to cigarettes is conceivable, it is unlikely that this will be the case. There are approximately 700,000 users of e-cigarettes majorly consisting of ex-smokers or current smokers. Last year, Action on Smoking and Health reported very low numbers of e-cigarette users who had never smoked let alone become smokers as a result.
Mr Snowdon argued that EU proposals for an e-cigarette ban based on the idea that they are a gateway to smoking is absurd. He stated that smoking does not require a gateway and that e-cigarettes are in fact a gateway away from smoking. Banning the product will in fact cost hundreds of thousands of lives.
Listen to the full programme here. Segment begins at 12.07.