‘Why do we have to be the gatekeepers?’ Australian general practitioners’ knowledge, attitudes, and prescribing intentions on e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid

Australia, a tobacco control leader with low smoking rates, implemented a policy on October 1, 2021, requiring prescriptions for e-cigarette nicotine liquids in smoking cessation. A survey of Australian GPs revealed mixed views due to insufficient information, safety concerns, and policy ambiguity. GPs seek clear guidelines and education for consistent advice. The study underscores the importance of addressing GPs’ concerns and providing resources to support e-cigarette use in smoking cessation. Australia’s tobacco control measures evolve with a focus on improving cessation through medical guidance. Clear communication and education are vital for effective e-cigarette prescription implementation. Read the original article here.
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