e-cigarettes_and_the_mediaThere is a lot of debate over whether or not e-cigarettes are safe to be used. There have been studies and reports written up that argue both sides, but it seems that over in the UK, doctors are actually siding with the e-cigarette industry in that smokers should be encouraged to use the devices as a means to help kick the smoking habit.

The UK’s Royal College of Physicians has recently published a 200-page report that basically suggests that the use of e-cigarettes are safe, and that fears of e-cigarettes actually leading to people to pick up smoking are completely unfounded. That being said, it is still unclear as to what the long-term effects are from inhaling the vapor produced by the liquid from e-cigarettes.

However the Royal College of Physicians claims that even if there were to be harmful side effects, they are “unlikely to exceed 5 percent of the harm from tobacco smoke.” This is also in line with a Public Health England report that also claims that e-cigarettes are essentially 95% less harmful than tobacco.

According to Professor John Britton, chair of the RCP’s Tobacco Advisory Group, “This report lays to rest almost all of the concerns over these products, and concludes that, with sensible regulation, electronic cigarettes have the potential to make a major contribution towards preventing the premature death, disease and social inequalities in health that smoking currently causes in the UK.”

That being said given that we have seen accidents arise from the misuse of e-cigarettes, we guess that’s something else that would-be users should take into consideration.

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