E-cigarettes Are 95% Less Harmful Than Smoking, UK Study Suggests

Posted: Aug 19 2015, 10:05pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 19 2015, 11:24pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


E-Cigarettes Are 95% Less Harmful than Smoking, UK Study Suggests
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E-cigarettes contributes to less diseases and health inequalities than conventional cigarettes and should be promoted as a tool to stop smoking, study recommends

People who struggle to quit smoking may now have a better alternate in the form of e-cigarettes.

A new UK study reveals that e-cigarette is 95 percent less harmful than smoking. Smokers can switch to e-cigarettes to reduce diseases, deaths and negative effects on health. It may also help people quit smoking or to cut down smoking consumption, study suggests.

“E-cigarettes are not completely risk-free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm.” Public Health England (PHE) professor Kevin Fenton said in a statement. 

Electronic cigarettes are quite popular in teens and their use has been increased enormously over the last few years. E-cigarettes contain a liquid laced with nicotine and other chemicals but no tobacco. When heated, the device generates vapors that can be inhaled.

The findings of latest report are encouraging but contradictory to many previous studies that indicated that use of e-cigarettes can be a “gateway” to teen smoking. According to University of Southern California study, teens who use e-cigarettes have more than two times high risk of switching to conventional cigarettes.

Due to its potential detrimental effects, WHO proposed strict rules for e-cigarettes and demanded ban on its indoor use and sales to teens. 

According to the new study, almost 2.6 million Britain adults use e-cigarettes as a tool to help quit smoking. Around 5 percent o population use e-cigarettes. Only 2 percent of young people are regular users. So, cigarette smoking continues to decline in the country.

“There is no evidence that e-cigarettes are undermining England’s falling smoking rates,” said Ann McNeil the co-author of the study. “Instead, the evidence consistently finds that e-cigarettes are another tool for stopping smoking and in my view smokers should try vaping and vapors should stop smoking entirely.”

The 111 page report was published on Wednesday by Public Health England.

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