An estimated 90 percent of UK adults believe nicotine is bad for your health, but a new study from the Royal Society of Public Health tells a different story. In their latest report, the RSPH reveals that nicotine is actually no more dangerous than coffee. These health experts believe that vaping is a smart choice if you are trying to quit smoking and ecigs could potentially save thousands of lives.
Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive of RSPH, said ecigs should not be demonized because they could help smokers to finally kick the habit. “Getting people on nicotine rather than using tobacco would make a big difference to the public’s health,” Cramer said.
Critics have argued that nicotine is addictive and therefore, it should be avoided. However, the same could be said about energy drinks of coffee, but they are consumed on a daily basis all over the world. “Clearly there are issues in terms of having smokers addicted to nicotine but this would move us on from having a serious and costly public health issue from smoking-related disease to instead address the issue of addiction to a substance which in and of itself is not too dissimilar to caffeine addiction,” Cramer explained.
Another recent study tested ecig vapor for carcinogens and found that it was no more harmful to inhale vapor than it was to inhale regular room air. The only potentially dangerous substance in an electronic cigarette is nicotine, but Cramer believes nicotine isn’t something people should fret about.
With this new study in hand, the RSPH is now hoping to convince UK tobacco shops to start selling ecigarettes as a nicotine replacement tool for smokers. They are also urging ecig companies to consider a different name for the products. Cramer suggested that they be called “vaporizers” or “nicotine sticks” to cut down on the stigma associated with smoking.
Do you have any concerns about the health implications of vaping? Are you surprised to hear health experts endorse ecigs?