England’s equivalent of our our Swedish “Läkemedelsverk”, Public Health England (PHE), concluded in a study published in late summer 2015 that e-cigarettes is about 95% less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes. This study is globally recognized as reliable and trustworthy and have become a bit of a reference work to link to when questions concerning e-cigarettes and security is mentioned.
The study concludes not only that e-cigarettes are virtually risk-free, it also states that there is no evidence that e-cigarettes would act as a gateway to smoking, either for children or non-smokers. Of England’s three million vapers are pretty much all of them former smokers who successfully quit smoking using e-cigarettes. PHE encourage smokers to make the switch to e-cigarettes as it has been shown to be so effective. England’s government agency for public health would never make such a statement if they were not sure of their ground, therefore, we feel confident to refer to this article.
The same study demonstrated also the dilemma that 50% of England’s population believe that e-cigarettes are just as harmful as cigarettes (or worse) and says that “the problem is that people still believe that e-cigarettes are just as harmful, preventing millions of smokers from quitting smoking using e-cigarettes. “. Furthermore, the study notes that “Smoking is England’s number one killer, e-cigarettes are not entirely risk-free, but in comparison with smoking show all research on e-cigarettes represent only a fraction of the health hazard.“.
Read the article ”E-cigarettes: an evidence update” here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/e-cigarettes-an-evidence-update
It has also flourished many myths in the media and published studies whose approach has been reprehensible. One example is a Japanese study that tested via a smoke-simulation machine what happens to your lungs if you for 10 seconds takes a puff on an e-cigarette in which the cotton burned bone dry. The outcome was obviously anything but good, but it had no connection to real life. Imagine them taking a 10s puff of a cigarette burned down to the filter. In reality you had been coughing after 0.00001 seconds if you’d be trying to take a puff form a burned e-cigarette. The study was rejected immediately by the research community world wide, but that did not stop the media from disseminating the story. Thanks to the medial proliferation incorrectly executed studies such as this, and other falsehoods fed people with pure propaganda against e-cigarettes. Who paid for the Japanese study, we might ask? You can probably guess for yourself which global industries that would benefit besmirch e-cigarettes.
There are numerous of additional research that states the fact that e-cigarettes are safe. To keep the links in question up to date, we choose to simply refer to Vape Sweden’s collection of links to relevant and new research articles: http://vsw.se/forskning/ (in Swedish).