A recently released peer-review study by the Royal College of Physicians titled ‘Nicotine Without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction’ has provided empirically valid data that e-cigarettes are the most effective way to quit traditional smoking methods.
With almost 10 million smokers in the UK, and the huge cost it levies on the NHS, experts have conceded that standard smoking cessation plans and nicotine patches and inhalers are not a viable means of reducing the smoking population percentage across the country. Figures even suggest that up to 85% of individuals using smoking cessation services available through the NHS fail to quit – and with an already squeezed budget, this is clearly not a situation that can continue.
The study’s findings are in stark contrast to some negative stereotypes about e-cigarettes. As the innovation has risen in popularity over the last decade, there have been a fair amount of detractors who see ‘vaping’ as nothing more than a replacement for smoking with no actual health benefits – with many going as far as claiming the risks are even higher. As a result, many towns and cities have even considered a ban on their use in public areas, despite there being no scientific evidence to support such actions.
Arguments in favour of banning e-cigarettes have long remained the same, yet the new report provides succinct answers that suggest that e-cigarettes are the way forward for those wanting to quit smoking:
E-cigarettes do not encourage new smokers
The RCP report has found that the use of e-cigarettes is almost entirely confined to those who have previously smoked and are looking to quit, and there is no evidence that they encourage ‘never-smokers’ to take up the habit.
E-cigarettes offer an incentive to quit
The report finds that at no cost to the NHS, people are voluntarily investing in an attempt to stop smoking entirely.
E-cigarettes are not as dangerous as traditional smoking
Whilst the report accepts that the as the use of e-cigarettes is still a relatively new concept – meaning it’s harder to measure long-term effects at this point – it has been proven that e-cigarettes are 95% safer than traditional cigarettes.
“This report lays to rest almost all of the concerns over these products, and concludes that, with sensible regulation, electronic cigarettes have the potential to make a major contribution towards preventing the premature death, disease and social inequalities in health that smoking currently causes in the UK,” said Professor John Britton, chair of the RCP’s Tobacco Advisory Group.
“Smokers should be reassured that these products can help them quit all tobacco use forever.”
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