It is official: e-cigarettes can help people quit smoking, according to health specialists. An official review suggests that smoking e-cigarettes is actually 95 percent safer than the old school tobacco smoking.
Public Health England (PHE) is adamant that more than 75 thousand people could be saved every year if all smokers made the transition to e-cigarettes. And this would only be the beginning, as in a few years we could talk about quitting smoking altogether.
The process is already underway as North Eastern England pilot schemes are already suggesting that smokers switch to electronic cigarettes. Leicester is also undergoing the same procedures and hopes to see progress within the next months.
Drugs regulators are already receiving license applications from companies all around the country and, if they are approved, e-cigarettes should become accessible across the NHS in due time.
While the report promotes e-cigarettes as a means of escaping the grim fate of smoking, it also states that they are a controversial matter, many rail companies, for example, having banned them from being used in stations and trains alike.
Moreover, some health experts believe that this is a scheme to let teenagers get away with it and start smoking with an excuse, but the PHE firmly insists that the number of teenagers who become regular smokers after having tried e-cigarettes is not alarming at all. In fact, it is quite low.
The PHE confirmed that many people have misconceptions about e-cigarettes and that they certainly do not pose as much of a thread as the traditional ones do. The health risks that e-cigarettes are carrying are far less severe than their older counterparts’.
Kevin Fenton, the director of health and wellbeing at PHE admitted that smoking is “England’s number one killer” and that the best precaution a smoker can take is to quit smoking once and for all. Fenton also admits that e-cigarettes are not the final solution, but they are definitely better than simple cigarettes.
Professor Ann McNeill is another specialists who enforces the use of e-cigarettes as she believes they can be “a game-changer in public health”. They can facilitate a snowball effect for quitting smoking: smokers should switch to vaping and vapers should switch to not smoking at all.
While the issues still remains a debatable one, specialists seem to be confident that e-cigarettes are the way forward, since quitting smoking altogether is way more difficult than it sounds. Perhaps, if smokers decide to listen to specialists, we might find out in a few years how beneficial the transition can actually be.
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