A U.K. study claims e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco. E-cigarettes have helped many Australians to quit

REUTERS | Life | Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:17pm EDT


In a recent study held by an agency within Britain’s Department of Health, E cigarettes are claimed to be around 95% less detrimental to your health.

Popularity of the tobacco-free devices which people use to inhale vapour laced with nicotine, have increased dramatically, although some health organizations have been cautious of advocating them as a safer option to smoking. Governments from California to India have tried to strictly regulate the use of E cigarettes by introducing new bills.

“E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm,” – Professor Kevin Fenton from Public Health England

Most causes of smoking related illnesses have been linked to chemicals in cigarettes, some of which are absent in E cigarettes. The current best estimate, which the study gives us is 95% less harmful than smoking.

The inhalation effects of a standard cigarette to an E cigarette also showed the results were less harmful to the user inhaling vapour.

Britain’s department of Health have deemed E Cigarettes to be around 95% less harmful than tobacco. They carry a lesser amount of harm as compared to smoking cigarettes.

there are more than 4000 ingredients in a cigarette other than tobacco:

  • Ammonia (household cleaner)
  • Arsenic (used in rat poisons)
  • Carbon monoxide (poisonous gas)
  • Butane Gas (lighter Fluid)
  • cyanide (lethal poison)
  • DDT (a banned insecticide)
  • Naphthalene (ingredient in moth balls)

Just to name a few.

In 2014 the World Health Organization published a report calling for strict regulation of E cigarettes, banning of their use indoors and the sale to minors, which contradicts the most recent publicly funded study. The most recent study also goes against another study undertaken at the University of Southern California, which states teens are twice as likely to move on to smoking conventional cigarettes against teens who have never used an E cigarette.

The Public Health England study states that in the U.S and Britain, e cigarettes are the most popular quitting tool and could very well be a way to help reduce smoking in deprived areas where the smoking rates are still alarmingly high. It slams media campaigns deeming the e cigarette to be a “gateway” to tobacco use in teens, and criticizes them for calling e cigarettes equally as harmful as cigarettes.

“There is no evidence that e-cigarettes are undermining England’s falling smoking rates,” said Professor Ann McNeil who helped author 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 vapers should stop smoking entirely,” she added.

In fact, the evidence is even supported by Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco (BAT) who have watched the declining sales in Britain and the U.S, and  have seen e cigarettes as the solution by purchasing makers of the metal device. A spokesman from BAT acknowledged the study as an “incredibly important milestone” with the imposing risks of the harmful chemicals we know are in cigarettes, she said it would greatly benefit their customers health by joining the e cigarette movement.

The British Health department know they work and are a much healthier option, in Britain alone they are the most popular quitting device 2.6 million people who are current or ex smokers are using the E cigarette to be or become smoke free.  E cigarettes are very popular in Britain, the U.S and Europe, it’s time to start the movement here and help Australians find the right tool to help them quit. They are an excellent aid to help you give up and possibly a  safer option where you can still simulate the smoking experience without  inhaling all the harmful toxins.