E-cigs - turns out they're not bad for you, apparently

19 August 2015

health-e-cigarettes 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.

TOPICS:   Health   Technology


  • anti-nonsense
    How is making you look like a complete tosser not bad for you? (Also I bet they are bad for you - sucking in all the crap they put in those things can't be good for you certainly)
  • big d.
    even if something is 95% less harmful that means it still is harmful so the title "E-cigs – turns out they’re not bad for you" not exactly accurate is it
  • oldgit
    Should say "not AS bad for you"
  • Ryan
    Reading these comments, I feel like I'm in the twilight zone. You people realize that millions of people smoke, and could probably benefit from reducing the damage they're doing. You would think these folks here just got news their fog was run over....what's the matter? Altria shareholders? That's really too bad.
  • Raggedy
    I was gutted when my fog was run over. I sulked for days until it dawned on me that without my faithful trusty fog, I would be bathed in glorious sunlight for all eternity.
  • Raggedy
    @anti-nonsense Nice to see a tabloid journalist slumming it with the rest of us. :-)

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