Whilst some remain sceptical when it comes to vaping and its benefits, Public Health England (PHE) have shown their support for the phenomenon, releasing a short video which educates both smokers and non-smokers alike as to the devastating effects tobacco cigarettes can have on our health.
In the wake of research which reveals that almost 50% of the 6 million smokers in the UK wrongly believing that vaping is equally as harmful as smoking, PHE have produced a film which shows the harm caused to our bodies when smoking tobacco cigarettes in a bid to debunk the myth and encourage smokers to make the switch.
The experimental video, which visually illustrates the stark contrast between the impacts of smoking and vaping, shows the toxic chemicals and tar inhaled by a smoker in just one month compared to those effects of vaping. In light of new government campaigns which target and address the smoking epidemic in the UK, Public Health England decided to produce a short film which mimics the effects of inhaling tobacco smoke. By the end of the experiment, the cotton wool in the jar which inhaled tobacco had turned brown and was covered in tar. In comparison, the cotton wool in the jar which had inhaled smoke from an electronic cigarette remained largely unchanged, with some harmless water vapour and slight discolouration as a result of the colouring in the e-liquid.
Despite the scepticism that has been created through sensationalised media stories and misleading research statistics, PHE says the risks of vaping are slight compared to the risks of smoking and e-cigarettes could actually help smokers quit the harmful habit and change their lives for the better.
Although concerns about e-cigarette use among young people remain high, PHE reveals that there has been a positive decline in the number of youths choosing to not only vape, but smoke too. And thanks to stringent UK regulations regarding nicotine levels in e-cigarettes, there is no evidence to suggest that vaping leads to a life of smoking tobacco for young people in the UK.
PHE says that e-cigarettes could help more people quit smoking, which is supported by data that reveals 65%-68% of people who used electronic cigarettes as well as nicotine replacement therapies as a part of a smoking cessation programme were successful in quitting.
Director of Health Improvement at PHE, Professor John Newton, spoke on the matter at hand, stating that PHE want to help encourage more smokers to try and quit with the help of nicotine replacement products such as patches, gum and e-cigarettes as these products can greatly improve their chance of success.
He later went on to say, “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 safety”.
While not completely risk-free, vaping is still 95% less harmful than smoking and it is likely to pose only a fraction of the risk. Despite a decline in the number of smokers in the UK and an increase in the number of those seeking alternative replacement therapies, there is still more work to be done in order for all smokers to make the switch.
"Thanks to stringent UK regulations regarding nicotine levels in e-cigarettes, there is no evidence to suggest that vaping leads to a life of smoking tobacco for young people in the UK."
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