There's more evidence than ever that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking

Public Health England's report shows there’s more evidence than ever that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking and a way to give up altogether.

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Giving up smoking cigarettes is the best thing you can do for your lung health. 

But with lots of different information in the news, some people have found it tricky to decide if e-cigarettes are a safe way to help them quit. In fact, we've found out that people who currently smoke tobacco are likely to think that e-cigarettes are harmful. 

That’s why Public Health England’s new report is so important, as it confirms what we already know – that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than cigarettes.

Experts have reviewed all the research done on e-cigarettes over the past few years, and found no significant risks for people using e-cigarettes.

The new report confirms what we already know – that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than cigarettes. 

It's still important to try to quit altogether

We also know that you only get the benefits if you quit altogether. Recent research showed that smoking just one cigarette a day rather than 20 only halves the risk of serious health problems like stroke and heart disease.

The effects of quitting really are best if you stop smoking cigarettes altogether while using your e-cigarette. 

Vaping can be a good way to quit but that’s why it’s important not to keep smoking cigarettes at the same time.

Just because you’re using an e-cigarette doesn’t mean you have to quit cigarettes on your own, either. Your GP, pharmacist or specialist stop smoking advisor can all help you quit cigarettes for good using your e-cig, by providing you with support and advice on the best way to do it. 

Ecigs are 95% less harmful

Vaping when you have a lung condition

If you already have a lung condition, Public Health England's report suggests it’s fine to quit using an e-cigarette too. Swapping cigarettes for an e-cig can improve your symptoms of lung conditions like asthma and COPD

E-cigarettes are popular devices which have helped lots of people to quit cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are popular devices which have helped lots of people to quit cigarettes. You can find lots more information on our website on how to stop smoking and e-cigarettes too.  

Read our top tips for quitting smoking


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5 February 2018