Report debunks myth that vaping is as toxic as smoking

A NEW report has found that there is conclusive evidence that e-cigarettes are less dangerous than regular cigarettes, and smokers who switch to vaping reduce their exposure to lethal toxicants and carcinogens.

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released this report, which has over 600 pages examining the health consequences of e-cigarettes with regards to the population as a whole.

Kabir Kaleechurn, Director of the Vapour Products Association of South Africa, that represents the manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in the rapidly expanding vaping sector, said “This is a mammoth report that emphasises the need to separate the often ‘emotion-laden’ argument from facts.”

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According to the report, ‘there is conclusive evidence that completely substituting combustible tobacco cigarettes for e-cigarettes reduces users’ exposure to numerous toxicants and carcinogens present in combustible tobacco cigarettes.’ The findings add to the already weighty body of evidence showing vaping to be far less hazardous than smoking.

“This report marks a critical correction to years of false and misleading information about e-cigarettes, which has had dire consequences in terms of public opinion. We need to actively address these misperceptions about the risks of e-cigarettes, which can have real-world consequences for public health,” said Kaleechurn.

One of the UK’s leading charities, Cancer Research U.K., has recognised the potential health gains from giving smokers accurate information about e-cigarettes, launching a campaign to inform smokers why e-cigarettes are safer and encouraging them to try vaping if they’d like to quit.The report contains a host of other findings, many of which will be misreported, exaggerated, or misinterpreted.

“The smoking versus vaping is one of the most hotly debated subjects in public health and this report will add more fuel to that debate in 2018. As the evidence for vaping mounts, so will more tobacco smokers make the life-changing switch,” concluded Kaleechurn.


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