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Vaping Safer Than Smoking, Says Public Health England
 
# 1 : Wednesday 19-8-2015 @ 19:28
 
 
Vaping is safer than smoking and could lead to the demise of the traditional cigarette, Public Health England (PHE) has said in the first official recognition that e-cigarettes are less damaging to health than smoking tobacco.

The health body concluded that, on "the best estimate so far", e-cigarettes are about 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes and could one day be dispensed as a licensed medicine in an alternative to anti-smoking products such as patches.

While stressing that e-cigarettes are not free from risk, PHE now believes that e-cigarettes "have the potential to make a significant contribution to the endgame for tobacco".

The message was backed by the government's chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, who nevertheless cautioned that "there continues to be a lack of evidence on the long-term use of e-cigarettes". She said they should only be used as a means to help smokers quit.

"I want to see these products coming to the market as licensed medicines. This would provide assurance on the safety, quality and efficacy to consumers who want to use these products as quitting aids, especially in relation to the flavourings used, which is where we know least about any inhalation risks."

The 111-page review raises concerns about the length and cost of the the government’s licensing process, which is a key part of the revised strategy to cut tobacco use.

No e-cigarettes have yet been licensed, unlike other nicotine-replacement therapies such as gums, lozenges and patches. Pilot schemes in Leicester and the City of London allow stop-smoking specialists to offer free e-cigarette starter kits, but smokers elsewhere cannot be offered e-cigarettes on prescription.

More at the link

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/19/public-health-engl etc ...

Wow, that's really great news. Maybe we will see some easing off on the crackdown against vaping going on.
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# 2 : Wednesday 19-8-2015 @ 22:38
 
 
It was pretty obvious that they were better than smoking cigarettes since they contain about 3,000 less chemicals. *blows fag smoke out of nostrils*
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# 3 : Wednesday 19-8-2015 @ 22:44
 
 
I can't contribute anything to this discussion only that after reading the initial post I wonder will the sight of exhaling vapour still repulse me as much as smoke...

Will just have to see.
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# 4 : Wednesday 19-8-2015 @ 23:00
 
 
Someone said :
I can't contribute anything to this discussion only that after reading the initial post I wonder will the sight of exhaling vapour still repulse me as much as smoke...

Will just have to see.

You must go insane on a frosty morning when most people exhale visible vapour
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# 5 : Wednesday 19-8-2015 @ 23:20
 
 
Someone said :

You must go insane on a frosty morning when most people exhale visible vapour

So gross!
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# 6 : Thursday 20-8-2015 @ 00:45
 
 
I'd still be cautious about the really cheap devices / exotic no-name flavours but a little research should sort that.
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# 7 : Thursday 20-8-2015 @ 00:47
 
 
My mam and sister both vape so glad to hear. My brother is the only smoker in our family now - hopefully he makes the change eventually.
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# 8 : Thursday 20-8-2015 @ 00:53
 
 
Someone said :
I'd still be cautious about the really cheap devices / exotic no-name flavours but a little research should sort that.

When you consider that our parents generation would smoke 40 major or the like a day and hang out in smoke filled houses, pubs and workplaces, it's still not all that bad.

An uncle of mine was saying recently that he'd have two fags before he even got out of bed. Something very few smokers would do now.
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# 9 : Thursday 20-8-2015 @ 06:55
 
 
Someone said :
I'd still be cautious about the really cheap devices / exotic no-name flavours but a little research should sort that.

Yep, don't buy liquids or devices from a market stall
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# 10 : Friday 21-8-2015 @ 15:35
 
 
Someone said :

You must go insane on a frosty morning when most people exhale visible vapour

Au contraire. I love it.
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# 11 : Friday 21-8-2015 @ 18:24
 
 
Someone said :
I'd still be cautious about the really cheap devices / exotic no-name flavours but a little research should sort that.

Along with proper regulation.
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# 12 : Monday 24-8-2015 @ 12:03
 
 
I am the worst ex smoker, the fumes from cigarettes and vaping machines make me want to puke. And I did that little hand waving thing as well.
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# 13 : Monday 24-8-2015 @ 14:49
 
 
When my mam was forced to quit smoking she said she was tempted to tackle any person in smoking areas just to get another whiff.

The vapes use to trigger too.
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# 14 : Monday 24-8-2015 @ 15:00
 
 
No, I was never really tempted, but then again I didn't go out for a couple of months so that probably made it easier.
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# 15 : Tuesday 25-8-2015 @ 11:05
 
 
That's great you're off the stuff Penny.

I like the smell of smoke, well small doses of it.
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