Vaping, a good alternative to smoking, according to health organizations
According to public health department NHS Health Scotland, e-cigarettes are now considered to be less dangerous than smoking regular cigarettes. Twenty organizations signed up for the consensus then published by the national health education and promotional agency. This letter was approved by the Scottish government, alongside with health boards, academia, and charities.
In other research found that e-cigarettes were about 95% less harmful than regular cigarettes.
However, using e-cigarettes while still smoking did not provide any benefits. Vaping while smoking regular cigarettes still increased peoples chances of being exposed to lung cancer, bronchitis, and other diseases.
With 2.9 million people (an increase of 700,000 in 2012) in the UK using e-cigarettes, many of them have reported having quit smoking, according to a study in England.
According to Action on Smoking, the news of the benefits of e-cigarettes hasn’t gotten to all smokers. With at least 9 million people in the UK still smoking regular cigarettes, people like Dr. Andrew Fraser are aiming to give people more education about the benefits of e-cigarettes over smoking regular cigarettes and tobacco.
Dr. Fraser, the director of public health science at NHS Health Scotland said vaping is a viable option for people who hope to quit smoking. He says the reports about vaping leading to people to become more likely to smoke more are false, but he also states that e-cigarettes contain nicotine but still, in comparison, are less dangerous.
Organizations have been taking Dr. Fraser’s advice. Though smoking was banned on all health establishments in Scotland in 2015, vaping devices continue to be used. Scotland’s largest health board has allowed e-cigarettes use on hospital grounds. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have allowed restricted use of vaping.
Ann McNeill, a professor of tobacco addiction at King’s College London has that “the 1.3 million vapers who still smoke need to go further and switch completely.”
Shiela Duffy is the chief executive of Ash Scotland, a charity dedicated to reducing the detrimental effects of tobacco, says that the use of e-cigarettes helps bring “clarity” to the problem.