E-cigs - turns out they're not bad for you, apparently
This is only one view, but e-cigs (or 'vapes' if you prefer) aren't as bad for you. That's according to some people at Public Health England, who carried out an "expert independent evidence review" which concluded that "e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking."
Their key findings of the review include:
- The current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking
- Nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking
- There is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers
This is the first time that there's been a real endorsement of e-cigs, and Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England 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 Ann McNeill, King’s College London and independent author of the review, added: "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."
"E-cigarettes could be a game changer in public health in particular by reducing the enormous health inequalities caused by smoking."
So there you go. They're only 5% bad for you. Of course, they don't make you look like Jimmy Dean or Marlene Dietrich, and you may be mistaken for someone playing a tiny clarinet, but either way, your lungs will probably thank you for it.