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  • Using e-cigarettes does differ from tobacco in a very clear way which is that

  • it doesn't involve inhaling tobacco smoke, and as the constituents of

  • smoke are the things that kill smokers, that has to be a good thing.

  • People die from the tar, the other constituents of smoke, but not the nicotine.

  • So the nicotine isn't the harmful component and electronic cigarettes allow smokers to get the nicotine

  • without all the other harmful stuff that comes along in cigarette smoke.

  • The first thing to note when considering the safety of e-cigarettes

  • is that the vast majority of e-cigarette users are people who are either still smoking,

  • and using them to cut down on the amount they smoke, or have used them to stop smoking.

  • If we try to put a figure on the relative risk of electronic cigarettes compared with smoking,

  • my view is that it's going to be well under 5 percent of the risk,

  • possibly slightly more for cardiovascular disease

  • but substantially less for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.

  • When you look at the concentrations of and the nature of the toxins in cigarette smoke,

  • and then you compare that with e-cigarettes you see that really there's no comparison.

  • Most of the toxins in cigarette smoke aren't present at all in e-cigarette vapour

  • those that are present are in concentrations that are a hundred times less or more.

  • Some people say that the advent of electronic cigarettes is renormalising tobacco smoking

  • so we see people using these devices, and it's making smoking more normal again.

  • Interestingly, we're just not seeing that in the data we have.

  • All that it does is normalise electronic cigarette use.

  • And if we could normalise electronic cigarette use for the nearly 9 million people in the United Kingdom

  • who are still addicted to tobacco, that could only be a good thing.

  • I think it's really important that people be reassured

  • that e-cigarettes, whatever you might see in the press,

  • are considerably safer than smoking,

  • and the evidence is pretty good that they can be effective in helping people to stop.

Using e-cigarettes does differ from tobacco in a very clear way which is that

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E-cigarette safety: the facts explained (short)

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    Danny Wang posted on 2017/11/16
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