Extract below is taken from Public Health England official report into the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as cessation devices and harm reduction therapy
The role and impact of electronic cigarettes has been one of the great debates in public health in recent years and we commissioned this independent review of the latest evidence to ensure that practitioners, policy makers and, most importantly of all, the public have the best evidence available. Many people think the risks of e-cigarettes are the same as smoking tobacco and this report clarifies the truth of this.
Best estimates show e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes, and when supported by a smoking cessation service, help most smokers to quit tobacco altogether. We believe this review will prove a valuable resource, explaining the relative risks and benefits of e-cigarettes, in terms of harm reduction when compared with cigarettes and as an aid to quitting. We will continue to monitor the position and will add to the evidence base and guidance going forward – Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, PHE
View/download E-cigarettes: an evidence update, a report commissioned by Public Health England
A McNeill et al (19 August 2015) E-cigarettes: A report commissioned by Public Health England [official report]. Retrieved from http://ow.ly/R5qN9