According to Public Health England’s (PHE) latest review, at least 20,000 people a year could be kicking the butt all thanks to vaping. They also stated that officials need to do more in order to sway people towards the safer alternative, i.e., vaping.
Prof John Newton, the director of health improvement at PHE states, “E-cigarettes have become the most popular quitting aid for smokers in Great Britain with three million regular users.” He also stated that e-cigarettes maximise the potential benefits and gives smokers the best chance of quitting cigarettes and also minimises any risks.
All over the world, since 2015, when PHE reported that vaping was 95% safer than smoking tobacco, people have started to pay attention and more and more studies have proved this very same fact. The review of the report is even more positive in its conclusions but has stated that people who could quit smoking tobacco with the help of e-cigarettes have a wrong impression and feel that vaping has its own dangers.
"Every minute someone is admitted to hospital from smoking, with around 79,000 deaths a year in England alone," said Newton.
"Our new review reinforces the finding that vaping is a fraction of the risk of smoking, at least 95% less harmful, and of negligible risk to bystanders. Yet over half of smokers either falsely believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking or just don't know."
"It would be tragic if thousands of smokers who could quit with the help of an e-cigarette are being put off due to false fears about their safety."
According to the reprt, less than 20% of adults understand that nicotine does not cause any harm. Thousands of smokers feel that e-cigarettes are as dangerous as tobacco cigarettes and 40% have not even tried it once.
PHE is also urging vaping manufacturers to submit the data needed to obtain a license from Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), which can lead to doctors and nurses the ability to prescribe e-cigarettes to smokers wanting to quit. "We want stop-smoking practitioners and health professionals to support smokers who would like to use e-cigarettes to stop," said Ann McNeill, lead author of the review and professor of tobacco addiction at King's College London.
In this day & age, Hospitals need to go tobacco-free and offer vaping areas instead. While this is something not completely out of the blue, Colchester General Hospital and Ipswich Hospital have removed the smoking sections from the grounds and replaced them with vaping points for patients and visitors.
The biggest lingering question around vaping is that people under 18 and young people might get dependent on vaping and use it as a gateway, but there are no studies to prove the same.
However, one of the report's authors, Linda Bauld, the professor of health policy at the University of Sterling, said that young people did experiment with vaping, but very few did it regularly. "E-cigarettes don't appear to be undermining the long-term decline in youth smoking in the UK," she said.
The chief executive of the campaigning anti-tobacco group, ASH, stated that the report "is part of a growing scientific consensus that e-cigarettes are likely to be very much less harmful than smoking and can help smokers quit. E-cigarette use has stagnated in recent years, which is hardly surprising as many smokers incorrectly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking. We hope this report will provide the reassurance needed to encourage the 40% of smokers who've failed to quit but never tried vaping to go ahead and switch."