Switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes “substantially reduces health risk” – top cancer charity




Hong Kong, May 23, 2016 – A top cancer research organisation has published a simple Q&A to help smokers switch to safer alternatives and recommending use of e-cigarettes.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to cancer research. All its activities are directed towards its ultimate goal of beating cancer.

Following last month’s high-profile Royal College of Physicians’ report encouraging smokers to consider e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative, Cancer Research asked Dr Andy McEwen, executive director of the UK’s National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the devices. The Q&A can be seen here:

10 common questions about e-cigarettes answered

Among Dr McEwen’s conclusions are:

• “switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes substantially reduces a major health risk”
• “nicotine doesn’t cause smoking-related diseases”
• “using an e-cigarette is different from smoking a cigarette”
• “there’s no evidence that second-hand e-cigarette vapour is dangerous to others”
• “e-cigarettes aren’t recommended for use by non-smokers and children”.

Cancer Research is the latest in a line of respected and impartial medical and public-health bodies to confirm scientists’ research that e-cigarettes represent a major advance in harm reduction for smokers. It is well known that people find it difficult to stop smoking, and switching to vaping reduces the risk by “at least 95 percent”. Other recent reports endorsing advice to smokers to switch to e-cigarettes include the Royal College of Physicians, Royal Society for Public Health, the British Lung Foundation and Public Health England.

factasia.org is an independent, not-for-profit, consumer-oriented advocate for rational debate about – and sensible regulation of – the rights of adult citizens throughout Asia-Pacific to choose to use nicotine related products. factasia does not promote smoking or the use of nicotine, opposes all under-age use of cigarettes or any other product containing nicotine, and does not engage in any manufacturing or distribution activities.

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