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PHE Clearing up Any Untruth About E-cigarettes

24th May 2018

Public Health England (PHE) have recently cleared up any untruth about E-cigarettes.

Generally, there is a mis-understanding of how harmful E-cigarettes are. However, the PHE have produced a report:

"clearing up some myths around e-cigarettes".

PHE are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care in the UK.

We have blogged before that many are unclear of the safety of e-cigarettes. Here are the main points of PHE's recent report.

"Myth 1 - E-cigarettes give you 'popcorn lung'"

This was due to the chemical diacetyl. It can be at high levels has been linked to lung disease.  However, diacetyl is banned as an ingredient from all e-cigarettes and e-liquids in the UK.

"Myth 2 - E-Cigarettes aren't regulated and we don't know what's in them"

Firstly, E-cigarettes are now subject to quality and safety standards since Tobacco & Related Products Regulations 2016 (TPD).

All e-cigarette products have to be notified to:

  • the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) with full information on ingredients.

All safe and declared companies can be found on their website.

"Myth 3 - E-Cigarettes must be harmful as they contain nicotine"

Nicotine is addictive. But it doesn't carry the cancer related chemicals that are contained in cigarette smoke.

E-cigarettes do not contain:

  • firstly, tar
  • secondly, carbon monoxide, which are the most dangerous components in smoking.

"Myth 4 - Exposure to e-cigarette vapour is harmful to bystanders"

E-cigarettes do not produce vapour that goes into the air. Only exhaled aerosol.  It is massive improvements. Also, PHE's latest evidence has found no:

"identified health risks of passive vaping to bystanders."

"Myth 5 - E-cigarettes will lead young people into smoking"

PHE's report has found no indication so far to confirm this. There is many proofs for this statement.

 Some young people are:

  • trying it out
  • but reports are showing that few are taking it up.

"Myth 6 - E-cigarettes are like a Trojan horse. Only, so the tobacco industry can keep people smoking"

  • There is no proof that e-cigarettes are motivating people to continue to smoke. It is strong argument.
  • The main e-cigarette users are ex-smokers.
  • also, the numbers of smokers switching to e-cigarettes is on the increase. It is very good news.

For the full PHE story click here

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