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NHMRC questions ‘benefits’ of electronic cigarettes

Australia’s main medical research funding agency says there is “insufficient evidence” to support claims that electronic cigarettes are safe and more research is needed to determine their health impacts.

The National Health and Medical Research Council has allocated almost $6.5 million over the past six years in research grants to investigate the potential impacts of e-cigarettes.

In a formal statement on 3 April, NHMRC chief executive Anne Kelso said that e-cigarettes were marketed as a “safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes” and as a way for smokers to quit the habit.

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