Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) have been around for several years now. And while there is still much to be learned about e-cigarettes, scientific research has at least affirmed that vaping is safer than smoking. A landmark study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit with greater success rates than other nicotine-replacement products.
Public Health England (PHE) maintains that e-cigarettes are 95 per cent safer than cigarettes. ‘While vaping may not be 100 per cent safe, most of the chemicals causing smoking-related disease are absent and the chemicals present pose limited danger’, reads a PHE policy document.
PHE rightly says that vaping removes the vast majority of the harmful effects of burning tobacco, which creates tar. This tar contains thousands of chemicals, carcinogens and mutagens, which cause many ailments, including heart disease.
PHE has put its full force behind promoting e-cigarettes as a smoke-free alternative. As a result of public-awareness campaigns and proportionate regulations, England has seen significant changes in how nicotine is consumed. It is proof that business innovation in nicotine products can work alongside public-health regulation.
Ecigwizard, one of the largest vape retailers in the UK, has opened vape shops in two NHS trust hospitals in the Midlands. The stores aim to attract patients who are struggling to quit smoking, and to help medical professionals learn more about vaping.