Public Health England has released their findings from a recent report into vaping. The report includes data related to vaping rates amongst adults and adolescents, the impact on smoking cessation attempts, the levels of risk of e-cigarettes and public attitudes towards e-cigarettes.
PHE is known for being actively involved in the campaign for e-cigarettes to be used as a smoking cessation tool. The organisation published a report in 2015 indicating that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking and have created guidelines urging employers to support vaping in the workplace.
Professor John Newton, Director for Health Improvement, PHE stated: “Our new review reinforces the finding that vaping is a fraction of the risk of smoking, at least 95% less harmful, and of negligible risk to bystanders.”
Newton continued to discuss the need for smokers to be educated on the relatively low risks with vaping compared to smoking.
“Every minute someone is admitted to hospital from smoking, with around 79,000 deaths a year in England alone. Our new review reinforces the finding that vaping is a fraction of the risk of smoking, at least 95% less harmful, and of negligible risk to bystanders.” said Newton. “Yet over half of smokers either falsely believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking or just don’t know. It would be tragic if thousands of smokers who could quit with the help of an e-cigarette are being put off due to false fears about their safety.”
The main findings of the PHE report are as follows.
- E-cigarettes could contribute to at least 20,000 successful new quits per year
- E-cigarette use is associated with improved quit success rates over the last year and a drop in smoking rates across the country
- Vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking and switching completely conveys substantial health risks
- Thousands of smokers incorrectly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking
- Around 40% of smokers have yet to try an e-cigarette