Vaping Is 95% Healthier and 40% Cheaper Than
Smoking | Vaping: e-cigarettes safer
than smoking, says Public Health England | The
American Heart Association Says Vaping Is Safer Than Smoking |
Doctors urge the World Health Organization to lighten up
Vaping Is 95% Healthier and 40% Cheaper Than Smoking
By Ethan Wolff-Mann - from Time.com
Aug. 20, 2015
The pack-a-day smoker can save around $1,200 per year by vaping.
The CDC and various health organizations don't want to endorse smoking or
nicotine consumption in any form, so it's understandable that they've
emphasized first and foremost that e-cigarettes are bad for people.
According to a new study published by Public Health
England on Wednesday, however, vaping is actually 95% less harmful than
their smoldering counterpart.
The study, which was not funded by the tobacco lobby but rather the U.K.'s
Department of Health, also noted that around half of the general public
falsely assumed vaporizers and e-cigarettes were as unhealthy as a pack of
Lucky's, and that there's no evidence vaporizers lead to smoking. In fact,
the report suggested e-cigarettes as a useful tool to help people quit
What the report doesn't mention is that jumping on the e-cig train could
save considerable money compared to traditional smoking. According to
NerdWallet, disposable e-cigarettes will mug you an average of $1,387 per
year if you're a pack-a-day smoker-considerably less than the $2,569
equivalent yearly cost of the real thing. While it's still enough to make a
dent in your budget, the savings could be critical for many, since tobacco
use is higher among among people at a lower socioeconomic status.
If you really want to get that cost down, you can sacrifice some convenience
and buy a reusable vape with liquid refills, getting the cost down to about
$500 to $600 per year-an average savings of over $2,000. Well, it could save
you that, plus a couple decades on your life.
Of course, smokers would save the most-and enjoy the best health and longest
lives-by kicking the habit in all forms.
Vaping: e-cigarettes safer than smoking, says Public
Government body says vaping can make 'significant contribution to endgame of
tobacco' and raises concerns about length of licensing process
By James Meikle for the Guardian
Wednesday 19 August 2015 01.57 EDT Last modified on Wednesday 19 August 2015
Vaping is safer than smoking and could lead to the demise of the traditional
cigarette, Public Health England (PHE) has said in the first official
recognition that e-cigarettes are less damaging to health than smoking
The health body concluded that, on "the best estimate so far", e-cigarettes
are about 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes and could one day be
dispensed as a licensed medicine in an alternative to anti-smoking products
such as patches.
While stressing that e-cigarettes are not free from risk, PHE now believes
that e-cigarettes "have the potential to make a significant contribution to
the endgame for tobacco".
The message was backed by the government's chief medical officer, Dame Sally
Davies, who nevertheless cautioned that "there continues to be a lack of
evidence on the long-term use of e-cigarettes". She said they should only be
used as a means to help smokers quit.
"I want to see these products coming to the market as licensed medicines.
This would provide assurance on the safety, quality and efficacy to
consumers who want to use these products as quitting aids, especially in
relation to the flavourings used, which is where we know least about any
The 111-page review raises concerns about the length and cost of the the
government's licensing process, which is a key part of the revised strategy
to cut tobacco use.
No e-cigarettes have yet been licensed, unlike other nicotine-replacement
therapies such as gums, lozenges and patches. Pilot schemes in Leicester and
the City of London allow stop-smoking specialists to offer free e-cigarette
starter kits, but smokers elsewhere cannot be offered e-cigarettes on
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency began its work in
this area more than two years ago, and manufacturers have complained that it
costs them millions to go through the process.
Jane Ellison, the public health minister in England, reminded smokers that
the best thing they could do to avoid falling victim to the country's number
one killer was to quit completely.
"Although we recognise the e-cigarettes may help adults to quit, we still
want to protect children from the dangers of nicotine, which is why we have
made it illegal for under-18s to buy them," she said.
The review found that almost all of the 2.6 million adults in the UK now
thought to be using e-cigarettes are current or former conventional smokers,
most using them to help them quit tobacco or to prevent them going back to
There was no suggestion that the products were a gateway into tobacco
smoking, with less than 1% of adults or young people who had never smoked
becoming regular cigarette users.
The PHE decision comes after carefully choreographed moves by anti-tobacco
campaigners and public health specialists to help move the NHS towards
offering better smoking cessation support and to be less negative about
Services are being urged to follow those in the north-east of England in
offering behavioural support to those wanting to quit tobacco and using
e-cigarettes to try to do so.
Smoking kills about 100,000 people a year in the UK, most of those in
England where there are thought to be eight million tobacco users. But
official figures suggest smoking is now at its lowest prevalence since
records started in the 1940s.
Rates are highest in many of the most deprived areas of England, and getting
smokers off tobacco is increasingly seen as one of the best ways of reducing
Worryingly for many of those behind the policy change, increasing numbers of
people - up to 22%, compared with 8% two years ago - think e-cigarettes are
equally or more harmful than tobacco. This is leading some smokers to avoid
switching, studies have suggested.
Tobacco reduction campaigners say the public needs to be educated to
recognise that although e-cigarettes, like tobacco cigarettes, contain
addictive nicotine, they do not contain more dangerous chemicals such as tar
PHE is also advocating careful monitoring of the e-cigarette market,
particularly of companies closely involved with or part of big tobacco
companies. It says the government must meet its obligations "to protect
public health policy from commercial and other vested interests of the
Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at PHE, said: "E-cigarettes
are not completely risk-free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows
they carry just a fraction of the harm.
Vaping is ever more popular, but is it a smoking cure or a new hazard?
"The problem is people increasingly think they are at least as harmful and
this may be keeping millions of smokers from quitting. Local stop-smoking
services should look to support e-cigarette users in their journey to
Peter Hajek, of Queen Mary University, London, one of the independent
authors of the review, said: "My reading of the evidence is that smokers who
switch to vaping remove almost all the risks smoking poses to their health.
Smokers differ in their needs and I would advise them not to give up on
e-cigarettes if they do not like the first one they try. It may take some
experimentation with different products and e-liquids to find the right
Ecita, a trade association of e-cigarette manufacturers, said: "There could
be huge long-term benefits to taxpayers and the NHS as well as to former
smokers and their families. The proposed ban in public places across Wales
is very worrying, as are many of the bans in pubs and restaurants across the
UK. This appears to be driving a growing number of people to think the harm
is the same, deterring smokers from moving to e-cigarettes, and damaging
The smokers group Forest questioned whether prescribing e-cigarettes on the
NHS would be a justifiable use of taxpayers' money. Simon Clark, its
director, said promoting them "as a state-approved smoking cessation aid
ignores the fact that many people enjoy vaping in its own right and use
e-cigs as a recreational not a medicinal product."
He said e-cigarettes had been successful because the consumer, not the
state, was in charge. "If they want more smokers to switch to e-cigarettes,
public health campaigners should embrace consumer choice and oppose
unnecessary restrictions on the sale, marketing and promotion of this
potentially game-changing product."
The switch in policy towards e-cigarettes coincided with publication in the
Journal of the American Medical Association of research from Los Angeles
suggesting that high school students who had use e-cigarettes are more
likely to go on to try tobacco.
But Hajek said this did not show that vaping leads to smoking. "It just
shows that people who are attracted to e-cigarettes are the same people who
are attracted to smoking. People who drink white wine are more likely to try
red wine than people who do not drink alcohol."
The American Heart Association Says Vaping Is Safer Than
August 25, 2014 // 04:35 PM EST
The American Heart Association isn't known for being all that into smoking.
But vaping? It can get down with it, in certain cases.
The group has taken a remarkably measured stance on e-cigarettes, suggesting
in a lengthy statement this weekend that the technology could help smokers
quit, and refraining from outright condemning the tech, like other
It's something of a win for the industry, which is expected to top $5
billion in revenues this year. At every turn, health groups and politicians
have taken shots at vaping and the companies who make e-liquid, suggesting
that they are every bit as dangerous as cigarettes, despite there being some
evidence (and the common sense-argument) that they're leaps and bounds safer
The AHA had avoided making any sort of statement until now. In a 20-page
policy paper, the association cites research that suggests vaping is less
dangerous than smoking and suggests it can be used as a smoking cessation
"E-cigarettes either do not contain or have lower levels of several
tobacco-derived harmful and potentially harmful constituents compared with
cigarettes and smokeless tobacco," it states. E-cigarettes also "present an
opportunity for harm reduction if smokers use them as substitutes for
That's not to say that the AHA wholeheartedly endorses the use of
e-cigarettes. Like many other health organizations (and like some in the
industry itself), the group suggests that e-cigs should be regulated much
like tobacco products are now, and it also cites the oft-stated worry that
e-cigs could "renormalize" tobacco use and serve as a gateway for children
and teens to get into smoking.
Those worries were to be expected, coming from a group that has spent
decades trying to get people to quit smoking. But the levelheadedness of the
policy statement overall has to be seen as a win for vapers and e-cigarette
companies-it would have been easy for the organization to condemn
Instead, the group said that more longitudinal and long-term studies on
their effects are needed (an idea that few would disagree with), and that
secondhand exposure to e-cig vapors is likely to be much less dangerous than
exposure to tobacco smoke.
The AHA said that it supports FDA regulation of e-cigarettes, but that it
doesn't want the regulations dominated by "major US cigarette
manufacturers," who could "promote dual use to sell more conventional
cigarettes" and could "steer e-cigarette users to combustible products and
thereby increase rather than recreate nicotine and tobacco addiction."
That's not an unfounded fear, either, as big tobacco has spent millions
lobbying to make the barrier to entry so high in the e-cig market that the
small companies pushing innovation in the space will be smoked out.
Finally, the group suggested that e-cigarettes should be taxed enough so as
to discourage children from buying them, "while retaining or increasing
differentials with combustible products by increasing taxes on
combustibles." In other words: Tax smokers more, tax vapers less.
The move puts the AHA in the company of the FDA, which, earlier this year,
suggested that it's certainly not a good thing to encourage people to take
up vaping-but admitted that the habit is most likely much safer than
Doctors urge the World Health Organization to lighten up on
Written by Daniel Cooper
May 29th 2014
The World Health Organization suspects that e-cigarettes should be treated
with the same regulatory scorn as Tobacco, even if it hasn't yet made this
conclusion legally binding. A group of 53 doctors, however, are now urging
the WHO to take a gentler approach. They've signed an open letter admitting
that while the dangers of vaping aren't fully known, the technology is
vastly preferable to people choking down on the real thing. One of the
signatories, Professor Robert West, can back up his claims with the study he
published last week, which says that e-cigs are much more effective at
getting people to quit than patches or cold turkey. We're expecting a lot
more back-and-forth on this matter in the next few months, since the WHO's
anti-smoking treaty group doesn't meet to reveal its final decision on the
vaping issue until mid-October.