Despite divided opinions on the issue in the USA a new report from Public Health England, a division of the UK Department of Health, concludes that electronic cigarettes are drastically safer than traditional analog cigarettes. The report weighs in with a huge 95%. That is 95% less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes. The report also states that when supported by a smoking cessation service electronic cigarettes can help users quit tobacco altogether.
“My reading of the evidence is that smokers who switch to vaping remove almost all the risks posed to their health.” Says Professor Peter Hajek of Queen Mary University, London.
The study also highlights the currently held misconceptions about electronic cigarettes. Nearly half of England’s population don’t realize that electronic cigarettes are so radically less harmful than smoking. Due to this many smokers haven’t even tried an electronic cigarette, let alone made the switch. “The problem is people increasingly think they are at least as harmful and this may be keeping millions of smokers from quitting” Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at PHE said in a statement. He also went on to add “Local stop smoking services should look to support electronic cigarette users in their journey to quitting completely.”
These are exciting times for smokers I feel. The wealth of options available to consumers and some proper studies could culminate in freedom from tobacco for millions. Good on you UK. Next we need someone in America to do a sensible unbiased study of electronic cigarettes.