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As a junior doctor in the UK, Kevin Murphy said he was “hideously addicted” to nicotine and would creep off the hospital campus to have a smoke, wearing disposable gloves and, on his way back, chewing as many mints as possible.

Before doing medicine, he’d worked as a radiographer and had seen “loads of lung cancer”. Then he was at his mother’s side when her 40-a-day habit for 40 years ended in lung cancer too. [...] Dr Mendelsohn says tobacco harm reduction with safer nicotine products is an additional, evidence-based tool for helping smokers quit, but many doctors remain misinformed about it and about the safety of nicotine.