E-cigarettes are all over the place now, and common place in all corners of the UK. They are constantly in the news, and quite often for negative reasons, and everyone loves a headline, mostly. Part of the problem is getting past the dramatic headline and working out what is fake news.
We can all agree that e-cigarettes ( or vaporizers) are not harm free, however most studies do show that they are way less harmful than smoking cigarettes.
British Heart Foundation Stance
The BHF recommend that no one who does not smoke should take up vaping, and I think that is simply common sense, just as no non smoker should take up smoking. As such more research is needed, as an example a study was done at Dundee University in 2019. In this study they got smokers to switch to e-cigarette and after just one month they noticed an improvement in blood pressure levels and artery health improving, however, as with most studies, this was a small sample and on its own does not prove that vaping is safe. But it does seem to indicate that e-cigarettes are much better for your overall health than cigarettes.
Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This study suggests that vaping may be less harmful to your blood vessels than smoking cigarettes. Within just one month of ditching tobacco for electronic cigarettes, people’s blood vessel health had started to recover.
“Just because e-cigarettes may be less harmful than tobacco doesn’t mean they are completely safe. We know they contain significantly fewer of the harmful chemicals, which can cause diseases related to smoking, but we still don’t know the long-term impact on the heart and circulation, or other aspects of health. E-cigarettes and vaping should never be taken up by people who don’t already smoke, but could be a useful tool to help people to stop smoking completely.
“Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health. If you’re looking to quit smoking, don’t go it alone. There is a range of free support available, including local stop smoking services, which will help you to find the best way of quitting and boost your chances of success.”
So as you can see Professor Pearson suggests that vaping is safer and can be used to help people to quit smoking, but ultimately the best way to quit smoking is to stop if you can. If you cant then vaping can be a good way to help you to quit.