Since the rise of popularity of e-cigarettes in Britain, with 2.6 million adults using them today, there has been much debate as to whether they are a safer alternative to smoking or are just as harmful. This has led to Public Health England asking a team of experts to examine the current evidence, and a report has now been compiled saying that vaping could be a ‘game changer’ for persuading people to give up cigarettes.
This is due to the fact that, at the moment, 80,000 die every year as a result of cigarette smoking, though the experts who compiled the report believe that this figure could reduce to just 4,000 if every smoker switched to e-cigarettes.
The experts have also given an estimate that, in terms of safety, e-cigarettes could be 95% less harmful than tobacco, and even suggest in their conclusions that they could be prescribed on the NHS in the future to help smokers quit. They recommend that e-cigarettes are recommended as a smoking cessation aid alongside other evidence-based medications currently used by stop-smoking services.
With almost half the population (44.8%) unaware that e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking, these results could also turn around the public perception of vaping and it could finally mean that vaping is seen as much more favourable than smoking.
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