There’s an awful lot of nonsense spouted about e-cigarettes. One of the most nonsensical things being said is that they’re more dangerous than ordinary cigarettes! They’re categorically not!
In August, Public Health England (PHE) published a report about e-cigarettes. (PHE is the government body which aims to protect and improve the nation’s health.)
I’ve extracted some key points from that report:
- The current best estimate is that e-cigarette use is around 95% less harmful to health than smoking;
- e-cigarettes release negligible levels of nicotine into ambient air with no identified health risks to bystanders;
- the relatively small number of smokers who have combined e-cigarettes with expert support have had high rates of success [with giving up cigarettes];
- among adults and youth, regular use of e-cigarettes is found almost exclusively among those who have already smoked;
- given the potential benefits [of e-cigarettes] as quitting aids, PHE looks forward to the arrival on the market of a choice of medicinally regulated products that can be made available to smokers by the NHS on prescription.
Organisations and establishments that ban the use of e-cigarettes are actually acting totally irrationally and should stop trying to jump onto a PC health bandwagon. They’d be far better off banning sugar and products containing sugar!