Yorkshire Cancer Research Updates Advice
When it comes to e-cigs, Yorkshire Cancer Research has taken on a leading role in educating the general public over the last couple of years. From producing easy to access videos featuring specialists to factual leaflets, Yorkshire Cancer Research is making a concerted effort to stop the damage caused by smoking. Now it has updated its advice, answering common questions about electronic cigarettes and vaping.
Is vaping as dangerous as smoking?
Yorkshire Cancer Research says: “Vaping is significantly less harmful than smoking. Switching completely from smoking to vaping is likely to have substantial health benefits over continued smoking.”
It fully supports the use of vaping products as a tool to quit smoking, and adds that not only did Public Health England say that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking, but it has been confirmed in a further six independent e-cigarette reports.
Isn’t nicotine bad for you?
Yorkshire Cancer Research says nicotine “is relatively harmless”. It’s not the cause of death from smoking, and “at low doses, nicotine is a stimulant, which in the short term increases heart rate and may improve attention, memory and fine motor skills.”
There are lots of other methods, why do we need vaping?
“Vaping products are the most popular stop smoking aid. It has been estimated that there are up to 57,000 additional quitters a year in England,” Yorkshire Cancer Research says.
In fact, the organisation adds that e-cigarettes are “more effective” than any other approach to stopping smoking.
Are e-cigs regulated?
Yorkshire Cancer Research points out that “the UK has some of the tightest regulations on vaping products in the world”.
It continues: “Vaping product manufacturers must provide the UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), with detailed information about their product, including a list of all ingredients.”
Can vaping products cause harm to your lungs?
Yorkshire Cancer Research says the two reported ailments – EVALI and ‘popcorn lung’ – aren’t caused by using legal mods and vaping authorised U.K. e-liquids.
It says: “Cases of EVALI were caused by people using vaping products with homemade or illicit e-liquids that contained cannabis products and a chemical called vitamin E acetate.”
And, “using a UK-regulated vaping product and e-liquids will not cause ‘popcorn lung’.”
How do we really know if vaping products are safe?
The charity is quite clear about the relative risk: “Vaping products have been available in the UK since 2007. They are currently one of the most widely researched scientific topics. There is substantial evidence on the short-term impact of their use, which has shown that they are far less harmful than smoking and an effective and popular stop smoking aid.”
While the long-term impact of vaping remains unknown, Yorkshire Cancer Research clearly states that countries can’t afford to wait another 10 or 20 years before enthusiastically encouraging smokers to switch.
It is remarkable that such a respected charity is so effusive in its support for electronic cigarettes and ought to put to rest any concerns that smokers or their loved ones may hold about vaping.