Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?

Electronic Cigarettes, those who support their use say they provide an alternative way to ingest nicotine without the harm caused by smoking, and say millions of lives could be saved if smokers chose that alternative. Reliable sources in the industry say there are many misconceptions regarding what is a relatively new product.

Katherine Devlin, President of the Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association (ECITA), said it was wrong to think that the products are not regulated. She said the industry would welcome more legislation in some areas, especially regarding age. "We do want to see a mandate to restrict the age for sales of these products to mirror those for tobacco products," she said. "These products are for adult smoking consumers, they're not for children."

Figures provided by the anti-smoking lobby ASH show that among current smokers, the use of e-cigarettes has risen from 3% in 2010 to 11% in 2013. Almost half the ex-smokers surveyed (48%) said they had used e-cigarettes to help quit smoking and almost a third (32%) used them to prevent reverting to tobacco use. ASH believes that e-cigarettes can provide a less harmful alternative for smokers who want to cut down or quit smoking but that the products need to be regulated. ASH chief executive Deborah Arnott said: "E-cigarettes offer a potentially safer option for smokers wishing to reduce their risk of ill-health from tobacco use. "However, these products need to be regulated to ensure that they are reliable, effective and not targeted at children.

Medical expert and Daybreak regular Dr Hilary Jones gives his views to about the benefits of Electronic Cigarettes. You can also see Dr Hilary Jones gives his views on cigarettes live on Daybreak below;

Oct 22 2013 No Comments

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