PHE Releases Expert E-Cigarettes Evidence Review Report

Published by Paul Larter on 20th Nov 2018

The Public Health England (PHE) today in a press release, released some findings from an e-cigarette review which was carried out by leading independent tobacco experts and also updated the organization’s 2015 vaping report.

The Public Health England (PHE) is known to have a special interest in raising smoking cessation awareness and campaigns in favor of the use of e-cigarettes as a means to quit smoking. The organization after a report in 2015 indicated that vaping is at the very least 95% less harmful compared to smoking, urged its employers to support other vaping members as it issued a guideline to them.

Data associated with the risk e-cigarettes may impose, the rate of vaping among young adults, attitude of the general public towards vaping and an investigation report on H and B (heat not burn) products were all included in the newly released report.

Professor John Newton who is the director of Health Improvement, PHE stated it that their new review reinforces the finding stating that vaping is just a fraction of the risk of smoking, at least 95% harmful, and also of negligible risk to bystanders.

The main findings of the evidence review

These are the major points of the report:

  • e-cigarettes may possibly be bringing about 20,000 successful cessations every year
  • the risk of vaping is a very little fraction of smoking and complete switching has considerable health returns
  • the use of e-cigarettes has brought about a decline in smoking rates and a general success in the rate at which people quit smoking
  • a lot of smokers ignorantly and wrongly believe that vaping and smoking have similar harmful effects
  • 40% of these ignorant smokers have never used e-cigarettes
  • There is a general misconception on the harm nicotine poses, only a few adults (about 10%) know that the bulk of the harmful effects of smoking does not result from nicotine
  • The review does not uphold the belief that vaping leads to smoking, the rate at which young people involved in smoking in the UK dwindles

Smokers Need a General Enlightenment Concerning the Safety of Vaping

Prof. John Newton the director for health improvement stated that it is important that smokers know about the relatively low risk of vaping considering the high smoking-related deaths.

The toll stands at about 79,000 deaths from England alone in a single year. He mentioned how tragic it is that more than half of smokers incorrectly believe that vaping is just as harmful or don’t even know about it.

The Independent British Vape Trade Association and the PHE worked together in October 2017 to carry out a Stoptober campaign that presented a number of ways to help smokers quit and strongly suggested that they use nicotine replacement therapies as well as behavioral support.

Now just recently, these two organizations teamed up for the same course as last time, concentrating on their quit smoking campaigns by the use of electronic cigarettes.