E-cigs get a clean bill of health

A man 'vaping' on an e-cigarette
A man 'vaping' on an e-cigarette

E-CIGARETTES are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking, an expert independent evidence review published by Public Health England concludes.

It says the current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95 per cent less harmful than smoking; nearly half the population (44.8 per cent) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking: and there is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers.

The review, led by Prof Ann McNeill (King’s College London) and Prof Peter Hajek (Queen Mary University of London), suggests that e-cigarettes may be contributing to falling smoking rates among adults and young people.