Public Health England review validates smoking cessation benefits of e-cigarettes

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Public Health England has published a new e-cigarette evidence review that affirms the potentially useful role they can play in helping people to quit smoking.

Undertaken by leading independent tobacco experts, the review indicated that vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking, meaning switching completely from smoking to vaping can deliver substantial health benefits.

“A new Public Health England evidence review has indicated that e-cigarettes pose only a fraction of the health risks of regular cigarettes, and that they can be a valuable tool in helping people to quit smoking.“

E-cigarette use was also associated with improved quit success rates over the last year and an accelerated drop in smoking rates across the country, and could be contributing to at least 20,000 successful quit attempts per year.

The report suggested that incorrect beliefs that vaping is as harmful as smoking could be preventing many people from taking advantage of its potential benefits, while also noting that current evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarette use encourages young people to take up smoking regular cigarettes.

Professor John Newton, director for health improvement at Public Health England, said: "It would be tragic if thousands of smokers who could quit with the help of an e-cigarette are being put off due to false fears about their safety."

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