An independent expert review that has been published by an organ of the UK government, the Public Health England Department (PHE) has concluded that e-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional ones. Moreover, the scope by which they are less harmful is also great, ranging up to 95%. Moreover, they also have the potential to help regular smokers quit smoking.

 Following were the main conclusions from the research conducted:

  1. E-Cigarettes are 95% less harmful than regular cigarettes.
  2. Almost half of the population that was a part of the survey (44.8%) is not aware of the potential benefits and reduced risks of e-cigarettes and vaping devices.
  3. There is no evidence that connects the transition from e-cigarettes to regular cigarettes.
  4. There is evidence that users of regular cigarettes who decide to quit smoking and switch to e-cigarettes find it easier to quit.

 The research organised by PHE was led by Professor Ann McNeill of King’s College London and Professor Peter Hajek of Queen Mary University of London. Their collective finding suggest that e-cigarettes could be one of the significant factors that has lead to falling smoking rates among young people and adults.

 “Smoking remains England’s number one killer and the best thing a smoker can do is to quit completely, now and forever. E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm.”

 The research was rather comprehensive and found that almost all of the 2.6 million adults that chose to use the product in the UK were from a sample set of 2.6 million adults who use e-cigarette products and are either current or ex smokers. Most of them suggested that their use of vaporizers or “e-cigs” came from a desire to quit conventional smoking.

 This is emerging evidence that proves the highly successful quitting rates that are now seen among suer who use an e-cigarette instead of a  regular one.

 Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England has said:

“Smoking remains England’s number one killer and the best thing a smoker can do is to quit completely, now and forever. 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.”

 Professor Linda Bauld, who is one of UK’s Cancer Research Expert said  “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.”

 Another professor at King’s College London, Ann McNeill, said that “E-cigarettes could be a game changer in public health in particular by reducing the enormous health inequalities caused by smoking.”

 With the large body of research that has been done, and the reliable data that has been presented. It seems rational to adopt scientific methods and switch to the use of e-cigarettes to quit smoking.

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