Study shows e-cigarettes ‘less harmful than tobacco’


E-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than tobacco a landmark health review has claimed.

An expert independent evidence review published by Public Health England (PHE) concludes that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking.

Commenting on the findings, Lisa Surtees, acting director at Fresh Smoke Free North East, the first region where all local stop smoking services are actively promoted as e-cigarette friendly, said it has always been open minded about them in the region.

She said: “Despite making great strides to reduce smoking, tobacco is still our biggest killer.

“Our region has always kept an open mind towards using electronic cigarettes as we can see the massive potential health benefits from switching.

“All of our local NHS Stop Smoking Services now proactively welcome anyone who wants to use these devices as part of their quit attempt and increase their chance of success.”

Key findings of the review found the current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking, nearly half of the population don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking and there is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers.

The review suggests that e-cigarettes may be contributing to falling smoking rates among adults and young people.