According to a report by Public Health England, E-Cigarettes are 95% less harmful to us than tobacco smoking. The findings of the report show that since the ‘boom’ of E-Cigarettes in the UK, smoking prevalence has taken a nose dive and E-Cigarette use is on the up. This suggests that E-Cigarettes have a relatively high success rate when it comes to helping users give up tobacco smoking.
Whilst there is still a lot of research being conducted into the long term health implications of using E-Cigarettes, early indications are that if used as intended, they are 95% less harmful than cigarettes. A Public Health England investigation conducted in 2014 by Professor John Britton determined that although there is still a lot for us to learn, it is clear that most of the dangerous chemicals present in cigarettes that cause serious health problems are indeed absent in E-Cigarettes.
It has also been shown that you don’t get the same second hand smoke effect from E-cigarettes that you do with cigarettes. It has long been known that second hand tobacco smoke poses a real risk to people exposed to it. E-Cigarettes however only release negligible amounts of nicotine to standers by and pose no known health risks.
It is clear from the report that Public Health England are very much in favour of E-Cigarette use as opposed to tobacco smoking. In fact, so much so that they have been pushing for E-Cigarette prescription on the NHS. It is their ambition to have a tobacco free generation by 2025, although that may seem like an unrealistic target, they’re certainly making progress with the help of the E-cigarette.