HAS (Haute Autorité de Santé) is an independent scientific agency that provides assessment and recommendations in the domain of public health to improve the quality and safety of healthcare, products and provide public information”. Its positions on various public health issues have an important weight in France.
The agency confirms being aware of the recent British report but considers that it does not provide enough evidence to arouse a new change of position:
On November 4th 2015:
“The panel of the High Authority for Health found that the literature data on the efficacy and innocuousness of the electronic cigarette is still insufficient to recommend it for smoking cessation.
Accordingly, the panel of the High Authority of Health considers that it is not necessary to update the recommendation of good practice: “Stopping smoking: From individual screening to maintenance of abstinence as a first resort” in light of the available data and the aforesaid report.”