PHE says the risks from vaping are tiny compared to smoking. Some were misleading and others were contradictory, said Dockrell. launched an information campaign to warn young people that there were risks to vaping. info-button Vaping may raise the risk of certain cancers and heart disease, “ This is one in a long line of false alarms which may be putting people off the Last week a major US report into the health effects of e-cigarettes. So conclusions around the health effects of vaping must be viewed alongside the damage that smoking has wreaked for decades. Only then.
Information of Vaping Misleading on Risks Health
Find out more about cookies. E-cigarettes do seem to be a bit like Marmite, courting controversy among the public and media alike. Not surprisingly, there are lots of inaccuracies and misconceptions about e-cigarettes and vaping. This blog looks at the most common myths and provides the facts. Our latest comprehensive independent e-cigarette review, authored by leading academics in the tobacco control field, looks at the up-to-date international data and peer-reviewed research.
Despite the sometimes confused, and confusing, media reporting around the safety of e-cigarettes, there is growing consensus around the evidence. While not without some risk, when compared to smoking e-cigarettes are far less harmful. Key questions and findings from our e-cigarette evidence update. This came about because some flavourings used in e-liquids to provide a buttery flavour contain the chemical diacetyl, which at very high levels of exposure has been associated with the serious lung disease bronchiolitis obliterans.
The condition gained its popular name because it was initially observed among workers in a popcorn factory. However, diacetyl is banned as an ingredient from e-cigarettes and e-liquids in the UK. It had been detected in some e-liquid flavourings in the past, but at levels hundreds of times lower than in cigarette smoke.
Even at these levels, smoking is not a major risk factor for this rare disease. The UK has some of the strictest regulation for e-cigarettes in the world. Under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations , e-cigarette products are subject to minimum standards of quality and safety, as well as packaging and labelling requirements to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed choices.
Some four out of 10 smokers wrongly think nicotine causes most of the tobacco smoking-related cancer, when evidence shows nicotine actually carries minimal risk of harm to health. Although nicotine is the reason people become addicted to smoking, it is the thousands of chemicals contained in cigarette smoke that causes almost all of the harm.
E-cigarettes do not contain tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke.
They do contain some chemicals also found in tobacco smoke, but at much lower levels. The evidence is clear that exposure to second hand smoke is harmful, which is why the UK has laws prohibiting smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces. These laws do not cover vaping and organisations are free to make their own policies on the use of e-cigarettes on their premises. Unlike cigarettes, there is no side-stream vapour emitted by an e-cigarette into the atmosphere, just the exhaled aerosol.
People with asthma and other respiratory conditions can be sensitive to a range of environmental irritants, which could include e-cigarette vapour, and PHE advises organisations to take this into account and to make adjustments where appropriate. Our report found no evidence so far to support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among young people.
UK surveys show that young people are experimenting with e-cigarettes, but regular use is rare and confined almost entirely to those who already smoke. Meanwhile, smoking rates among young people in the UK continue to decline.
PHE will continue to monitor the trends in e-cigarette use alongside those in smoking. There is currently no evidence to suggest that e-cigarettes are encouraging people to continue smoking — the picture in the UK suggests the opposite. The proportion of e-cigarette users who are ex-smokers has been increasing over recent years. A further , have given up both smoking and vaping. Our evidence review indicates that e-cigarettes could be contributing to at least 20, successful new quits per year and possibly many more.
Comment by DiMarco posted on on 20 February Comment by vapewarrior posted on on 17 October Comment by John posted on on 26 October You'd gotta be kidding me. If vaping causes fluid buildup in lungs, people would have ruined lungs from taking hot showers. You inhale much more vapor in shower than you can vape in a single day. Stop spreading rumors like this which can prevent smokers to switch to vaping.
You might be killing someone by doing so. Comment by Sara posted on on 21 February Comment by Vivian posted on on 22 February Comment by P O'Brien posted on on 22 February Review the image of Europe with the UK highlighted in Green.
Ireland is not part of the UK, can you get that right please. It's bloody insulting, and undermines the credibility of your organisation. Comment by Seamore butts posted on on 26 October Comment by DJ posted on on 22 February Comment by Matt posted on on 02 March DJ, exactly the same as me! Quit smoking after 10 years of unfiltered roll ups, went on to a decent Ecig box mod with 6mg juice and haven't had a cigarette in over 2 years.
Couldn't really ask for more from Ecigs than that. Comment by Steve posted on on 23 October You have substituted one bad habit for another. When I quit smoking I could not stop laughing and the substitution for me was a much better life style. You may as well just smoke as use e cigs. It is trading one bad habit for another, but it's a much safer habit. Some people have no empathy at all - if smoking was that easy to quit, why do hundreds of millions around the world still smoke?
We can't get all smokers to quit, so an alternative is to provide a safer option that satisfies smokers of their habits. Comment by Dan posted on on 02 November So no you may as well not continue smoking. Comment by Steve posted on on 02 November I do apologise, Dan, as I did not express myself clearly.
Of course smoking e cigs is preferable to tobacco. What I was referring to is the impact that smoking both tobacco and e cigs have on peoples lifestyles. Strange how a habit that people think relaxes them actually stresses them. People who have a habit that forces them to go outside and stand in the cold have a second class lifestyle, and this is why people should free themselves from vaping. That is what I meant when I said you may as well smoke; you have the same restrictions placed upon your lifestyle and freedom of movement.
When I quit smoking 60 to a day I was over the moon. I had my freedom back. Had I turned to e cigs I would have had exactly the same restricted lifestyle that I had before, and the frustrations that went with it.
I recently went to lunch with a friend and she spent more time standing outside the restaurant than she did inside. I have seen people sitting outside coffee shops shivering in the cold because their coffee and smoking habit is so strong.
In my neighbourhood vaping isn't allowed anywhere that I frequent , so people have to leave the company they are in and go outside to vape. I would not wish to live like this. Smoking anything just imprisons people and forces them to live life on the outside. As for the scientific evidence, it depends which experts you listen to and believe. At least with e cigs you are not inhaling tar.
Nicotine is a deadly poison but you only inhale tiny amounts and it is quickly expelled from the body. One thing I can say is that many people feel sick when they inhale the fumes from e cigs, including myself, and as no-one knows what chemicals they are inhaling and that is an absolute fact that can't be argued with no one can say what the long term impact on an e cig users health will be.
Given that e cigs haven't been around for that long I would say that any scientist pronouncing them safe is perhaps being a tad rash and hasty. I quit smoking in and have never had so much as a craving to put a cigarette between my lips. To quit a smoking habit only to find yourself with an e cig habit isn't the best option as it will continue to curtail your freedom. Every time I see someone smoking I think "thank God I don't do that anymore.
Comment by Stephanie posted on on 07 November I have been nicotine and cigarette free for 3 years after smoking 20 years but still love to vape. The hand to mouth habit is just that. Not a bad habit. No cigarettes, no nicotine, just fun tasty flavors. Comment by mike obrien posted on on 22 February I was smoking 40 cigarettes a day but started using vapes 1st October and not had even one cigarette since there have been days when i really really wanted a smoke but have not had one breathing is getting better according to the surgery nurse after a test so I am staying with the vapes.
Comment by Rachael posted on on 04 August Wow that's great did you experience any weight gain? I'm wanting to quit as I've just bought an e cig. Comment by viv posted on on 28 September Been smoking for 35yrs, Started early.
Just been for a MOT. I can handle this x. Comment by Babs posted on on 05 October When I have tried other methods I have always put on about 2 stone. Comment by Josia posted on on 15 October Comment by Steve posted on on 03 November There are 3 main ways people try to quit smoking: With denial people say I don't smoke and they stick with that, no matter how bad they feel.
You need will power! People who are in denial are the people who flap their hands around smokers. When they see someone smoking they become defensive and flap their hands, because the smoker is doing what they want to do i. People quit one bad habit, smoking, for another. This includes all forms of NRT including e cigs.
People may drink alcohol or eat chocolate, anything to make themselves feel good and to get some reward for the loss of their perceived smoking pleasure. It is a complete fallacy that people put on weight because they stop smoking. They put on weight because of the stuff that they swallow to compensate for the loss of their perceived smoking pleasure. People decide to avoid all the places they used to smoke and all their smoking friends.
This results in a huge change of lifestyle, this causes immense stress and what do all smokers turn to in times of stress? That is what I would call a viscous cycle. If you want to quit smoking just have a look at your lifestyle and compare it to a non-smokers lifestyle. There is no comparison. Comment by Henry Murphy posted on on 23 February I started using e cigarettes 2 weeks before i quit, and after trying everything available on the market to help me quit smoking, i have to say that, vaping with E cigarettes ,is definitely the way to quit for good!
I have saved so much money in the past 2 years,and my health is so much better! I would recommend vaping e cigs if you really want to quit smoking! Comment by Karen posted on on 25 February I have asthma and within 3 months of quitting tobacco I could also stop using my preventer and rarely use my inhaler. Comment by Mike Jay Morgan posted on on 25 February I've used ecigs since 12th of December , had been smoking roll ups a day and my body just couldn't cope so I moved onto ecigarettes.
During this entire time of ecigarette use, my breathing improved and I never developed any symptoms except from irritable eyes from the vapour itself. Comment by Gabriel Symonds posted on on 26 February E-cigarettes should be seen for what they are: Comment by Schwarzy posted on on 14 March Thousands dying from smoking is.
Comment by Gabriel Symonds posted on on 20 March The only reason people are addicted to nicotine — whether through smoking or e-cigarettes — is because of their perceived inability to quit. Users of e-cigarettes take dozens or hundreds of puffs every day and it is therefore a false analogy to compare it with drinking coffee.
Sucking nicotine and other chemicals into your lungs repeatedly for years on end is unlikely to do you any good. Comment by Yvonne posted on on 13 September You sound a bit preachy and judgemental. Nicotine is very addictive, do you think most smokers wouldn't like to have a cigarette then leave it? I took up smoking because of stress and then oops! I became addicted, just like that. Tobacco smoke is harmful, vaping 'fumes'???
I use cbd now, i have arthritis and fibromyalgia, bypassed the whole nicotine vape thing, so If you ask a manufacturer of e cigs what is in their "flavour" you will get nowhere. They have no idea what chemicals are in the flavour, nor the safety of them. These chemicals may be tested individually but not jointly. Millions of people around the world are made ill by commonly used chemicals - for instance Air Freshener - and these are the same chemicals that go in to e cigs flavour.
I do not want to inhale this, and I do not want the users of e cigs to puff these chemicals all over me.
Also, smoking is largely habit , not addiction to nicotine. NRT doesn't work because the hand to mouth action of smoking is missing. If all people needed was nicotine NRT would work, but it doesn't. E cigs provide that action and people become addicted to them. You read about people quitting smoking using e cigs, but then smoking e cigs for 3 years! It is substituting one bad habit for another.
People who smoke are socially ill at ease. Why can't people have the confidence to go out for a drink or have a meal in a restaurant without the need to puff on a cigarette or e cig?
It seems to me that Government wants to make the smoking of e cigs acceptable in public places like bars and restaurants. I cannot stand the stench of e cigs and don't think anyone should be allowed to inflict the smell upon me.
Comment by Blah posted on on 26 October Smoking is not habit, it is addiction. It is one of the most addictive substances in the universe. If you are banning ecigs people will go back to cigs. If you are banning cigs, people don't have to go back to ecigs.
Ecig might have harmful chemicals? Number of deaths from smoking ecigs vs number of death from death from smoking cigs has to be taken into picture. People who have never gone for cigarettes but take ecigs would have tried cigarettes at some point if ecigs were not available. Comment by Jayne posted on on 03 November What stench of ecigs? You find the mild aroma of strawberries or cherry etc offensive?? People don't whinge about people drinking, or having coffee, or even cooking I think anything that can get people OFF tobacco products and into better health, saving YOUR national insurance contributions should be praised and encouraged, not derided and complained about.
You should save this attitude for drinkers and people with a poor diet!! Comment by Brian posted on on 04 November Steve, get a grip. Agreed,people shouldnt blow e-cig smoke all over you. I dont think anybody, smoker, e-cig smoker, or non smoker would say that is ok. Im 2 weeks into vaping myself and feel a hell of a lot better and havent even thought about touching a ciggaraette, and im happy about that.
What gives you the right to say something so judgemental when you have no idea how hard it is to try quit? Why do you even care, your clearly not a smoker, so you clearly dont have a clue wht your talking about. Comment by Lisa posted on on 04 November Steve- Said like a true ex-smoker who probably puffed smoke all over people for years.
Why are you so interested in e cigs if you don't even use them? Maybe you should just enjoy being smoke and nicotine free and leave everyone else to their own devises literally haha.
I could stop vaping but I don't want to I enjoy it just like you enjoy spending your time spreading your doom and gloom! Comment by Juli posted on on 07 November Steve I applaud you for your strength.
It seems too many debates around this subject ignore our needs for fresh air. The world health organisation reviewed studies which highlight the harmful toxins in the aerosol of e cigs. And what about the packaging? It's all harmful to our environment. I applaude anyone who can take up a n alternative and stop supporting financially this unhealthy lifestyle. Sorry if that sounds preachy but there are millions of non smokers who se rights have been overlooked for decades. My mother had smoke fumes inflicted on her most of her working life and her father too, who died of lung cancer.
Comment by Jason posted on on 07 November Some people smoke as they have mental health problems,I can only tell you about my experience,I have Asperger's, which I did not know until the age of 43, when I started smoking at the age of 15,it really did seem to help me to relax and de-stress,as you get older you start to realise that it comes at a cost to your health,I was always a considerat smoker, and did not smoke around non smokers.
Comment by Caleb posted on on 08 November You have never smoked before have you. Your making claims without any knowledge of how it feels to actually be a smoker. Smoking is an addiction just like alcoholism. You physically and mentally feel like you need to smoke. E-Cigs are no where near as bad as a tobacco cigarettes. What about the rights of non vapors, are you gonna vape around us?
It seems that people who don't smoke or vape have no rights. Every time I walk through hospital grounds I m passing people with cigarettes and am forced to breath in this disgusting filth. Comment by Michael posted on on 19 November Guess what, your rights aren't being ignored, which is why smoking is banned inside in a lot of places. As for the aerosol, I was able to find a single claim that exhaled aerosols contained toxicity on any level, and when I looked at their source, it stated that "little to no research has been done on this" and basically their source was someone just playing with numbers based on guessed.
I think everyone assumes everyone who vapes uses juice with nicotine in it. Most people who do it right will reduce the level of nicotine until it is at 0. And the habit of hand to mouth vaping with no nicotine is someones habit. Not a bad habit just a habit. No nicotine for three years here.
Had smoked for 20 years. Love vaping 0 nicotine flavors. Feel great not smelling like a cigarette. Comment by KM posted on on 17 November Well you could say that but vaping allows you to ween off nicotine by reducing the amount in the liquid you use.
I vaped and reduced the nicotine to 0 in under a year. I was smoking from 12 years old. The changes are positive. Comment by Barbara Campbell posted on on 27 February I gave up on the 17th October after 40 years of smoking.
I was diagnosed with mild emphysema and Bronchiectasis, I couldn't have done it without the help of vaping Comment by Alan posted on on 19 August I am a 75 year old and started vaping at 70 years old not had a tobacco product since.
It works for me too viva vaping. Badhan posted on on 27 February I started smoking at at a pretty young age and continued well into my 30's.
Within a week of buying my first decent mod and tank i had practically kicked a 15 year habit. I found that i was addicted to the sensation of smoking more than nicotine or other substances. The fact that vaping is now recognised as being significantly safer than smoking by official medical channels is truly refreshing and i hope it helps lead more people away from such a harmful habit.
Comment by Yvonne posted on on 22 March You hit it on the head in your blog. Most smokers smoke out of habit. Something to do with their hands. Of course nicotine is like cannabis and addictive. Comment by Grinner posted on on 13 April Comment by TMH posted on on 22 July Agreed Grinner, incorrect beliefs held due to misinformation, ignorant press and successive governments ludicrous statements in regard to a matter they know nothing about, simply because they buy the ignorant catch all phrase "drugs bad".
Alcohol is many hundreds of times more addictive than cannabis, it is also hundreds of times more harmful, not only to the drinker, but to families and society as a whole. But because booze can be taxed, booze is good! Whilst cannabis cannot be controlled it grows in the wild if allowed to and the drug companies won't do the research into it's benefits, cancer and M.
Comment by Bronha posted on on 01 September I totally disagree that smoking cannabis can be non addictive It can cause mental health problems Karl Snae posted on on 28 February Excellent comments on the myths, agreed totally.
But at the same time have the pleasure to correct the beautiful green graph stating UK has the second lowest smoking prevalence in Europe with Well, that would be correct if it had said in EU, not Europe.
Comment by chris delbert posted on on 05 March Stopped smoking cigs 3 years ago, and started vaping. I feel better, look better, smell better, and I'm back to hiking, mountain biking, camping, etc I have my girlfriend to thank for it, she wants me to live. Currently working on phasing out the vaping, hope to be completely free of all of it within the year.
Comment by Sharon posted on on 12 March I smoked for over 40 years, I tried numerous times to give up over the years and the most I ever managed was 3 months until I started vaping.
I still vape but could stop at anytime as I no longer have nicotine. Comment by CJ posted on on 12 March Three and half years into vaping after 30 years of smoking and the health benefits were apparent just weeks in. The issue of quitting Vapes and a dependence on them is a real one but as yet, it has not become critical. To date, and unless contradictory research emerges, it was a positive move for me personally.
Comment by David posted on on 14 March Comment by Stuart posted on on 15 March June I stopped smoking after 22 years of a a day habit. This couldn't have happened without my vape. After a few months at the highest nicotine I stepped down then a few months on that and so forth until middle of last year when I went to 0 nicotine! A few months of struggling and nearly cracking then January this year I'm completely vape free.
If I'd have listened to all the doom and gloom I'd still be smoking now, stinking, unable to breathe, unhealthy and a lot poorer for it all!!!
Comment by Ken Heffernan posted on on 15 March I smoked smokes a day for over 30 years and had tried everything to quit but always failed and went back to smoking.
Just over 5 years ago I discovered vaping and since then I have bot smoked since, for the last 18 months I now do not even use nicotine. My health has improved I have lost weight as I know walk a lot without being out of breath, vaping has saved my life.
Comment by Jenny Fowler posted on on 09 November I'm still struggling to ditch the cigs completely, my vape is great but in the mornings I find it hard not to have a normal cig? I work 5 hours a day and don't even think about smoking but once I hit home I have about 3 cigs then vape all night without a problem , I really hope I can stop this cross vaping soon. Comment by Dirk posted on on 15 March Being from the Netherlands born in May and a frequent visitor of the UK I came in to contact with e-cigarettes in whilst in England,I bought a mod and tried several times but layed it aside as not something for me,I only used it on the ferry whilst crossing to the UK.
Years of smoking I started with the age of 12 and in a few weeks turn 71 What I do notice is: There is an added bonus of course. You will not smell like a dirty ashtray when you are near people.
Comment by Ann posted on on 23 May I was in exactly the same position as you. I had smoked for 45 years, and tried vaping before from cigs bought from a supermarket, hence they did not help at all, as I wanted my vaping to taste like cigarettes not strawberries. I eventually went to a proper vape shop, found the right mod for me and the right e-liquid yes it tastes of cigarettes. I have not had a singe cigarette since starting vaping, and have not felt the need for one either. I feel better, smell better and am much better off financially.
I strongly advise long term smokers to try this as it DOES work. Do you think you should be able to smoke these around non-smokers?
For instance, if you are in a restaurant? Comment by Paul Turner posted on on 16 March Nothing that I didn't already know but a good article. Smoked 30 to 40 roll ups for over 40 years, I knew it was killing me but just couldn't give up. Got my first e-cig in June and within a week I stopped smoking and have not smoked since. The restrictions they are trying to put on vaping is to be blunt, just down right criminal! Comment by H posted on on 16 March Comment by Philip donnelly posted on on 19 March I've literally just started vaping after 40 years of smoking roll ups and cigarettes I do get tempted every so often to smoke but so far haven't I'm also noticing now that cigarette smoke has a horrible smell to it and that's what others smell on you when your a smoker in just a week of vaping my breathing has calmed down and my sleep pattern is a lot better.
The agency also ordered JUUL Labs to turn over documents about product marketing and research on the health effects, to find out if the company is marketing its products in ways that are misleading or target youth. The extension being challenged allows the products — including those with fruit, candy, and other flavors that may appeal to kids — to stay on the market until at least without undergoing an FDA review of their public health impact. Studies have found that most kids are not aware of the potential risks they face by using e-cigarettes, including JUULs.
We talked with the American Cancer Society Vice President for Tobacco Control, Cliff Douglas, to learn more about these issues and what must be done to protect our young people.
JUULs are made to resemble flash drives. They have a high tech feel and appearance, and both the product itself and the marketing of it make it look very cool. In comparison with some other e-cigarettes, JUULs are harder to detect. Kids are known to be using them in school restrooms and even in the classroom.
JUULs deliver a higher concentration of nicotine than some other types of e-cigarettes. Some kids do not even know that JUULs contain nicotine. The brain is still developing well into the mids and even beyond, so health concerns apply not only to teens, but also to college-age users.
Some kids are reported to have become physically dependent on nicotine, and are using JUULs not just recreationally, but also compulsively, to sustain what has turned into a drug problem. That includes manufacturers, retailers, and online purveyors, while providing better education to the public and decision makers. E-cigarettes, in comparison, are harmful for kids but substantially less dangerous than combustible products like cigarettes, cigars and hookah or water pipe tobacco.
This trend is evolving rapidly. We need to look at the big picture and gain a greater appreciation for the very varied and diverse nature of the modern tobacco and nicotine marketplace to inform how we address these different products, educating people and protecting our kids along the way.
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Clearing up some myths around e-cigarettes
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