Public Health England Backs Electronic Cigarettes
For the first time since Electronic Cigarettes hit the market, a government public health campaign has backed e-cigarettes and are finding them a useful way for smokers to quit. The executive agency, Public Health England, which is an agency of the Department of Health in the United Kingdom has started an annual campaign known as Stoptober.
The Stoptober campaign gives smokers a variety of options to help smokers stop, this includes Stop Smoking Services, a support app for mobile devices and for the first time, electronic cigarettes.
Tobacco use is the world’s leading cause of preventable deaths, resulting in approximately 6,000,000 deaths every single year. Tobacco is the 5th leading cause of death in the United Kingdom. It is believed that the over 5,000 chemicals (which at least 70 are known to cause cancer) found in cigarettes may be the cause. Electronic cigarettes however do not contain tobacco (and the chemicals found in cigarettes), they utilize a nicotine liquid which is heated, vaporized and inhaled. This can satisfy the nicotine cravings often associated to cigarette use without the harmful chemicals (or smell).
So why is this good news? For the first time, a governmental agency is acknowledging the benefits of electronic cigarettes and vaping for the use of helping smokers kick the habit. Maybe eventually we will see the United States follow suit?