Is vaping really less harmful?

Is vaping more harmful than smoking?

Public Health England recently released a video illustrating the health harms of smoking cigarettes compared to vaping.

The video was produced to show people that vaping can be considered as an option to break the habit of smoking cigarettes, despite the mixed messages shared by studies and media headlines around e-cigarettes.

Research estimates that while not risk-free, vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking.

Around 2.5 million adults are using e-cigarettes in England, and they have helped thousands of people successfully quit. The film has been released as part of PHE’s Health Harms campaign, which encourages smokers to attempt to quit this January, by demonstrating the personal harm to health from every single cigarette.

Throughout the month One You East Sussex are supporting the campaign by sharing:

☑️The latest findings from Public Health England around the health harms of smoking compared to vaping.

☑️Useful tips and tricks to try if you’re quitting smoking this year.

☑️Our stop smoking experts are revealing the proven methods they use with their clients who want to stop smoking.

The film features smoking expert Dr Lion Shahab, leading smoking cessation academic from University College London and Dr Rosemary Leonard, an NHS GP. Dr Lion Shahab said:

“The false belief that vaping is as harmful as smoking could be preventing thousands of smokers from switching to e-cigarettes to help them quit. I hope this illustrative experiment helps people see the huge damage caused by smoking that could be avoided by switching to an e-cigarette.

“Research we and others have conducted shows that vaping is much less harmful than smoking and that using e-cigarettes on a long-term basis is relatively safe, similar to using licensed nicotine products, like nicotine patches or gum. Using e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement such as patches or gum will boost your chances of quitting successfully.”

For more information, and to take a quiz that will give you a personal quit plan, visit the Health Harms page.

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