16/09/2015

PHE And Health Bodies Issue Statement On E-Cig Use

The health risks of e-cigarettes are "relatively small" in comparison to regular cigarettes, Public Health England (PHE) has restated.

PHE has issued a statement, in conjunction with a number of other public health organisations, and said that while the long-term effects of e-cigs must be studied, they have a responsibility to provide clear information on the facts as they know them.

The statement reads: "To be clear, the public health opportunity is in helping smokers to quit, so we may encourage smokers to try vaping but we certainly encourage vapers to stop smoking tobacco completely.

"We know that e-cigarettes are the most popular quitting tool in the country with more than 10 times as many people using them than using local stop smoking services. But, we also know that using local stop smoking services is by far the most effective way to quit.

"What we need to do is combine the most popular method with the most effective and that is why we are encouraging those who want to use e-cigarettes to quit smoking to seek the help of their local stop smoking service."

(MH/CD)

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