While e-cigarettes were thought to be a gateway to smoking tobacco when they were first hit the market, recent studies have proven the opposite is true.
Electronic cigarettes are around 95 percent less harmful than tobacco and should be promoted as a tool to help smokers quit, according to a study by an agency of Britain’s Department of Health released today.
These tobacco-free devices have surged in popularity on both sides of the Atlantic but health organizations have so far been wary of advocating them as a safer alternative to tobacco. Governments have even tried to regulate their use more closely.
“E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm,” said Professor Kevin Fenton from Public Health England, who carried out the study.
A lot of the harmful chemical in cigarettes are absent from the new-age cig; the study found the passive inhalation was much less debilitating, too.
“There is no evidence that e-cigarettes are undermining England’s falling smoking rates,” said Professor Ann McNeil, who helped the 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 vapers should stop smoking entirely,” she added.
The Public Health England study went on to say e-cigs could be a viable, cheaper way to reduce smoking in deprived areas with higher rates of smokers.
This could be an incredibly important milestone if governments decide to increase the sales of e-cigs, stomping out tobacco cigarettes for good.