A new report published on the U.K. government website states that e-cigarettes are not nearly as harmful as cigarettes.
The report was carried out by Public Health England (PHE), and said that e-cigarettes are “around 95% less harmful” than smoking tobacco.
The report also suggested that the National Health Service should consider recommending e-cigarettes to help people quit smoking. It also concluded that there was “no evidence” that they offer young people a gateway into smoking.
The review even suggests that e-cigarettes may be a factor in the falling smoking rates in the U.K.
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Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at PHE, said: “E-cigarettes are not completely risk free, but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm. The problem is people increasingly think they are at least as harmful and this may be keeping millions of smokers from quitting. Local stop smoking services should look to support e-cigarette users in their journey to quitting completely.”
According to IFL Science, despite the high quit rates among those who start smoking e-cigarettes, interestingly, the number of people who think they are more harmful than traditional smoking is also on the rise. The report details how this number has increased from 8.1% in 2013 to 22.1% in 2015. This goes against all the current scientific evidence that shows the opposite.
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Professor Ann McNeill, King’s College London and independent author of the review, said: “There is no evidence that e-cigarettes are undermining England’s falling smoking rates. Instead, the evidence consistently finds that e-cigarettes are another tool for stopping smoking, and in my view smokers should try vaping, and vapers should stop smoking entirely.”
“Fears that e-cigarettes have made smoking seem normal again or even led to people taking up tobacco smoking are not so far being realised, based on the evidence assessed by this important independent review. In fact, the overall evidence points to e-cigarettes actually helping people to give up smoking tobacco,” said Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s expert in cancer prevention.
According to the evidence in the report, it is clear that smoking e-cigarettes is much less harmful than smoking tobacco cigarettes. But I’m not convinced I’ll wait until there is more scientific evidence.