Most of the time, the media features stories of health experts that are speculating about potential risks of electronic cigarettes. So what happens when the scientists that have actually studied vaping speak out? The answer might surprise you. Take a look at the following comments from five experts that have spent a lot of time studying ecig technology and tracking how it impacts public health.
Ecigs Are Safer and Pose No Secondhand Risk
Professor Peter Hajek is no stranger to electronic cigarettes. As the director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine Tobacco Research Unit, he has spent a lot of time learning about how they affect smokers. He believes vaping is by far, the best option.
“There are currently two products competing for smokers’ custom. One, the conventional cigarette, endangers users and bystanders and recruits new customers from among non-smoking children who try it. The other, e-cigarette, is orders of magnitude safer, poses no risk to bystanders, and generates negligible rates of regular use among non-smoking children who try it.”
Science Shows Ecigs are Better for Your Health Than Tobacco
Professor Linday Bauld is the deputy director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies. She has taken a long, hard look at electronic cigarettes and she is confident that smokers are making a wise choice when they switch to vaping.
“E-cigarettes are currently unlicensed, but both the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the Medicines Healthcare Regulatory Association acknowledge that their use is safer than continued smoking. This is not simply an opinion, it is an evidence-based statement, and one that is supported by tobacco control organizations in the UK. To imply otherwise is incorrect. This does not mean e-cigarettes are risk free, but few things are. What it does mean is that their use is safer than continued smoking.”
Vaping Is Just as Safe as Drinking Coffee
Professor Robert West spent years as the advisor to the Department of Health Tobacco Policy Team and English NHS Stop-Smoking Services. He has seen how vaping impacts former smokers and he is very outspoken in his support of the ecig industry.
“We have such a massive opportunity here. It would be a shame to let it slip away by being overly cautious. E-cigarettes are about as safe as you can get… Nicotine is not what kills you when you smoke tobacco. E-cigarettes are probably about as safe as drinking coffee. All they contain is water vapor, nicotine and propylene glycol [which is used to help vaporize the liquid nicotine].”
Long Term Vaping Poses No Health Risks
Dr. Jean Francois Etter has devoted the past few years to researching electronic cigarettes and how they impact addiction and health. Now he is making a public stand for vaping, insisting that it’s a better choice than tobacco. He isn’t worried about former smokers that continue vaping long-term.
“Even if there are long-term vapers, this is not a problem, as long as they quit smoking. The problem is combusted tobacco, not nicotine. At the dosage used by vapers or users of nicotine gums or patches, nicotine is not toxic. Long term vaping is not a public health problem; not any more than long term use of nicotine gums.”
It’s clear that the world’s most renowned scientists support electronic cigarettes. They are the perfect bridge to help smokers escape tobacco addiction and they don’t pose any more health risks than drinking coffee. Have you made the switch to ecigs yet?