Why Electronic Cigarettes Are Healthier
A rising number of traditional cigarette smokers are getting curious on the health benefits of switching to electronic cigarettes. Getting bombarded day in and day out about the health risks of tobacco-based smoking is one of the reasons why nicotine dependents are finding ways to cease their smoking habits.
England Based Health Website NHS Choices published a report saying that “”E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco and could be prescribed on the NHS in future to help smokers quit.”
According to the article which they published here such data was the conclusion of an evidence review carried out by Public Health England.
Here are some findings of the study: “While data on their long-term safety is unavailable, expert opinion is that e-cigarettes are around 95% safer than smoking; When used as intended, e-cigarettes pose no risk of nicotine poisoning; E-cigarettes release negligible amounts of nicotine into the environment, and no health risks to bystanders (e.g. passive smoking) have been identified.” The whole report can be read here.
Studies like that published by NHS Choices make a number of people even more interested to try out e-cigarettes. Reason why the Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, Professor Linda Bauld wrote an article published by The Guardian urging the media and researchers to stop misinforming the public that e-cigarette smoking is as harmful as tobacco-based smoking.
“Few things are risk free, and no one has claimed that e-cigarettes are. However, as an alternative to a uniquely deadly product that kills one in two of its regular users, who lose on average ten years of life, e-cigarettes are a far better alternative.
Distorting study findings to say otherwise does a huge disservice to policy makers, health professionals, the general public and most importantly smokers who are looking for accurate advice about electronic cigarettes. Recent research in both the UK and USA has shown that smokers increasingly believe that these alternatives to tobacco are just as harmful as cigarettes. Studies like this one and media hype about their results contributes to this misperception. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people suffer and die prematurely each year in the UK from cancer, heart disease and other conditions directly linked to smoking. Electronic cigarettes offer one possible escape route. Researchers and journalists need to stop blocking the exit,” she said.
Read the rest of the article here.
The Harvard Health Blog also shared some reasons why electronic cigarettes are healthier compared to traditional smoking. In an article written by John Ross, MD, FIDSA, a Contributing Editor of the Harvard Health Publications, he stated that e-cigarettes are less lethal versus traditional smoking. “The major benefit of e-cigarettes, compared to regular cigarettes, is that they do not produce the tar or the toxic gases found in cigarette smoke,” he wrote. Read the rest of his article here.
And while some are still contemplating on whether they should give up their traditional smoking habit, the above mentioned articles suggests that electronic cigarettes are a healthier alternative.