Is vaping as dangerous as smoking?
No. Let’s be completely clear on this: Vaping is not as dangerous as smoking. 2016 saw a multitude of high profile news publications around electronic cigarettes.
- Public Health England reported that vaping is ‘at least’ 95% safer than smoking. (source)
- The National Centre for Smoking Cessation And Training released a briefing for UK Stop Smoking Services that both acknowledges the efficacy of vaping along with recommending it’s use as part of a smokers quit attempt. (source)
- Public Health England also released clarification for employers making it clear that vaping is not smoking and suggesting that all employers foster “an environment in which e-cigarettes can provide a route out of smoking” (source)
- The Royal College of Physicians said that any risk from vaping “is likely to be very small, and substantially smaller than that arising from tobacco smoking” (source)
- Royal Society for Public Health report says “research suggests nine out of 10 people falsely believe nicotine is very harmful to their heath.” (source)
These aren’t quack organisations, they have no other agenda than improving public health. Literally – that’s all they exist for. The RSPH quote is from a news report on August 29th. But then the sun went down and we woke to some of the most irresponsible reporting on vaping ever.
- E-cigs are just as bad for your heart as smoking fags as they damage key blood vessels, say experts – The Sun
- Vaping as bad for your heart as smoking cigarettes, study finds – The Telegraph
- E-cigarettes are ‘as bad for the heart as tobacco’ – The Mail
- Vaping risk is similar to smoking – The Times
- E-cigarettes are as bad for you as SMOKING, a new study has claimed – The Mirror
- Vaping may not be as safe as smokers think, research suggests – The Guardian
I have a great many thoughts on this that range from bemusement to outright shock. I just can’t believe the incredulity of the writers to ignore not only world renowned health organisations, but also the people they quote in their very own articles – as Christopher Snowdon says over on The Spectator, these stories run counter to everything we know.
I highly suggest you give Christopher’s superb article a look along with reading Clive Bates latest piece on The Counterfactual. Both superb writers, they question and knock down the above articles in ways that I could only hope.
Written: September 1, 2016