According to a study published by Public Health England, which is a subsidiary of the (British) Department of Health, electronic cigarettes are 95% less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes, and they are not a direct threat to the youth in an enticing manner. Pretty nice, convincing findings, right? This same report, with its pro-e-cig leanings, also stated that electronic cigarettes should not be regarded in the same manner as tobacco cigarettes, and even went so far in their endorsement to state that they are looking forward to the future when electronic alternative products, such as these, are used as prescribed medicinal items, prescribed in a manner to help smokers.
Electronic cigarettes, which have been vilified in a multitude of ways, have been touted as a gateway to smoking for the youth, as a mystery product loaded with questionable and/ or unsafe ingredients, and have fallen into the convenient, ever-so-clever catchall of “we do not know enough about them, therefore we cannot make a decision. These products have been the target of much negative press, with countless stories spun out of control in efforts to label the industry as dangerous, however, all the while users have continuously done their own research, and found success using these products on their own terms. Oftentimes, e-cigarette users have managed to harness such control of their smoking by using e-cigarettes, they are able to abandon the habit altogether.
This recent report from the British Department of Health comes as a huge sigh of relief for the industry. It is a public acknowledgement from a reputable government agency, from a reputable nation, making the effort in accepting the potential and promise that electronic cigarettes have in bettering the lives of smokers, instead of propagating the lies, and attempting to place them in the same classification as traditional cigarettes.
‘95% safer’ is a big percentage, and it’s a very convincing percentage. This is clear recognition that e-cigarettes are beginning to be seen as an alternative option to traditional smoking, and their many benefits are being considered by major health organizations. A representative speaking on behalf of the study said they are “looking 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,” further indicating their knowledge of the promise that lies ahead for the betterment of public health.
This report done by Public Health England is excellent news. In no way is it the final word on how electronic cigarettes are going to be treated, but it is a step in the right direction. As a newer industry, it is understandable that everything is in a constant state of flux, however, having e-cigarettes viewed as a potential positive is immensely promising.