E-Cigarette Policy Making: Should E-Cigarettes Use Be A “Reasonable Alternative”?

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By Paul Terry Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, StayWell

Limiting access to any pleasures: tobacco, foods that are bad for you, the after-party of a Prince concert—you name it, you’re going to be unpopular with many people. To quash what some see as their right and none of your business is to invite endless arguments that as often as not have little to do with the facts of the matter. As someone who has weighed in on my share of health policy debates, I’ve long observed that the “greatest good for the greatest number” bromide calms my nerves, but it seldom holds sway with those who don’t see what good the policy is doing them.

I recently had the pleasure of teaming up with Dr. Laurie Whitsel, her colleagues at the American Heart Association, and top tobacco control and prevention experts in drafting “Guidance to Employers on Integrating E-Cigarettes/Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems into Tobacco Worksite Policy.” Developing the policy proved to be a tour de force review of the facts on the matter as well as a thorough immersion into discussions about private choices versus public policies.

Read on for Dr. Terry’s complete Managed Care Online blog.

You can read the  “Guidance to Employers on Integrating E-Cigarettes/Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems into Tobacco Worksite Policy” recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine here.