PHE Believes that Vaping can be a Powerful Help to Quit Smoking
Whether vaping is safe for health or not has long been a question in discussion. However there is no doubt that vaping is safer than smoking for the smoker as well as for others. Therefore PHE (Public Health England) has expressed a hope in their first official acknowledgment that e-cigarettes will soon lead to end the traditional cigarettes containing tobacco and also has endorsed that e-cigarettes are less risky to health than tobacco. The healthcare body further stated that e-cigs are around 95% less damaging than tobacco-containing cigs and could be distributed one day as a certified alternative to traditional cigarettes like patches.
While reminding that e-cigs too are not free from harmful effects, PHE believes that e-cigs have a power to contribute significantly to the endgame of tobacco! However, it was cautioned by PHE that there is still a lack of proof on the safe long-term use of e-cigs and that they should be used only as an aid to quit smoking.
Public health organizations like PHE are now waiting for the arrival of vaping products as licensed medicines which would ensure their quality, efficacy and safety to users who want to used them as quitting aids, particularly in connection to the flavors used about which there is very little knowledge regarding the inhalation risks. The key point here is the length and price of the licensing process of the government.
No e-cigs have still been licensed, unlike other alternatives to nicotine like patches, lozenges and gums. Free e-cig starter vapekits are available only in limited number of places (e.g. in London and Leicester in the UK) but in other places e-cigs are not available on prescription.
It has been found by PHE that nearly all of the 2.6 million adult smokers in the UK have planned to use e-cigs and most of them have started using them for quitting tobacco or preventing them from returning to smoking.
Public health experts and anti-tobacco campaigners have taken measures to offer better smoking termination support and be less pessimistic about e-cigarettes. This has given rise to the PHE decisions.
Services are being requested to walk on the footprints of those in the northeast of England in providing behavioral support to people wishing to quit tobacco and using vaping while trying to do so.
Among the 100,000 people that are killed due to smoking per year in the UK, most are from England where there are supposedly 8 million users of tobacco.
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