Several professionals from King's College London, UK Center for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies, Cancer Research UK and University of Stirling have been working together to create a report on the evidence behind e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.
Smoking causes over 78,000 deaths per year in England, that's why Professor Newton illustrated the importance of educating the population of vaping as a less harmful alternative.
The review is long, so we've filtered them down in to the key points to take away;
- E-cigarette use is associated with higher success rates of smoking cessation
- It is also associated with a significant decrease in smoking rates across England
- There's still no evidence that supports the notion that vaping leads to smoking among youngsters.
- More than 90% of adults believe nicotine is the main concern in a regular cigarette
- In England, vaping contributes to a minimum of 20,000 smokers quitting per year - the number is most likely higher but not recorded
- PHE still supports the evidence that e-cigarette use is at least 95% less harmful than smoking
We've already talked about how important it is to spread awareness as much as possible. Here in Canada, there needs to be consistent efforts to educate those that don't understand what vaping can offer smokers as an alternative.
Health is not only a key factor in people's decisions when switching. The money saved and the lack of second-hand smoke alone, is often enough to get people to choose an e-cigarette over the combustible alternative.