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PHE says, "Quit"

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We love Public Health England. It’s not because they say the things about vaping we love to hear. It’s because they say them having done the proper research. Comprehensive, robust, reliable vaping research, with no suspect shareholders or influence. It’s in large part because of their recommendations that we’re so confident with vaping.

So, what are their recommendations? Last month they provided an update to an earlier 2015 vape study and it’s music to our ears.  

The main findings of PHE’s evidence review are that:

  • vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking and switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits
  • e-cigarettes could be contributing to at least 20,000 successful new quits per year and possibly many more
  • e-cigarette use is associated with improved quit success rates over the last year and an accelerated drop in smoking rates across the country
  • many thousands of smokers incorrectly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking; around 40% of smokers have not even tried an e-cigarette
  • there is much public misunderstanding about nicotine (less than 10% of adults understand that most of the harms to health from smoking are not caused by nicotine)
  • the use of e-cigarettes in the UK has plateaued over the last few years at just under 3 million
  • the evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among young people (youth smoking rates in the UK continue to decline, regular use is rare and is almost entirely confined to those who have smoked)

Courtesy of PHE

PHE Quit Smoking Vaping Vape Angels

Stunning, really. And some of the key figures from the organisation contributed a little extra wisdom on the side. As with PHE in general, you’d be hard pressed to find a source with greater legitimacy.

Professor John Newton, Director for Health Improvement at PHE -

“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. 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.”

Professor Ann McNeill, lead author and Professor of Tobacco Addiction at King’s College London -

“It’s of great concern that smokers still have such a poor understanding about what causes the harm from smoking. When people smoke tobacco cigarettes, they inhale a lethal mix of 7,000 smoke constituents, 70 of which are known to cause cancer.”

“People smoke for the nicotine, but contrary to what the vast majority believe, nicotine causes little if any of the harm. The toxic smoke is the culprit and is the overwhelming cause of all the tobacco-related disease and death. There are now a greater variety of alternative ways of getting nicotine than ever before, including nicotine gum, nasal spray, lozenges and e-cigarettes.”

Professor Linda Bauld, author and Professor of Health Policy, University of Stirling and Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention, Cancer Research UK -

“Concern has been expressed that e-cigarette use will lead young people into smoking. But in the UK, research clearly shows that regular use of e-cigarettes among young people who have never smoked remains negligible, less than 1%, and youth smoking continues to decline at an encouraging rate. We need to keep closely monitoring these trends, but so far the data suggest that e-cigarettes are not acting as a route into regular smoking amongst young people.”

You really don’t have to listen to a word that Vape Angels or any other retailer or manufacturer has to say on the matter. The jury is back in and the experts couldn’t be any clearer. Have a look at the statement for a deeper read.

You should quit smoking, and it’s highly likely vaping will help you.

 

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