The government’s public health body hd said that vaping should be widely encouraged as a way to get people to quit smoking, and e-cigarettes should be available in hospital shops.
Public Health England’s latest review suggests that more should be done to get people to switch to vaping products and predicted that 20,000 people a year could be giving up cigarettes by making the switch.
Professor John Newton, director of health improvement at PHE states; “E-cigarettes have become the most popular quitting aid for smokers in Great Britain with three million regular users,” That, he said, raised “a number of important policy questions”. They wanted, he said, “to maximise the potential benefits, to give every smoker the best chance of quitting but also minimise any risks”.
PHE are vocal supporters of vaping and their 2015 report that stated that vaping is “95% safer” than smoking is quoted around the world. The latest review is equally as positive about the impact of e-cigarettes on smoking cessation, however, it warns that many people have got the wrong impression of vaping due to inaccurate information.
“Every minute someone is admitted to hospital from smoking, with around 79,000 deaths a year in England alone,” said Newton.“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. 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.”
Read the full report: E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products: evidence reviews