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English health authorities recommend e-cigarettes to stop smoking
Through a large-scale campaign, the UK's health authorities want to motivate the population to quit smoking by demonstrating the drastic damage to health that comes from every single cigarette. To stop, the experts recommend switching to the e-cigarette.
Public Health England (PHE) has released several short films that show the devastating harm caused by smoking. The message of the films is: "If you could see the damage, you would stop immediately!" An additional experiment shows how much chemicals and tar accumulate in the veins and lungs of smokers within a month. The same experiment with e-cigarettes showed that over 95 percent less pollutants are deposited in the same period.
English health experts warn of false security fears
As the experts at PHE report, around 44 percent of smokers believe that the vapor of the e-cigarette is as harmful as tobacco smoke. "It would be tragic if thousands of smokers who could stop using an e-cigarette were put off by false security fears," said Professor John Newton of Public Health England in a press release about the new campaign. The aim of the campaign is to assure smokers that switching to an e-cigarette is much less harmful than smoking cigarettes.
Long-term use of e-cigarettes is relatively safe
“Research that we and others have carried out shows that e-cigarette vapor is less harmful than tobacco smoke and that long-term use of e-cigarettes is relatively safe,” adds Dr. Lion Shahab, a leading smoking cessation scientist at University College London. The use of e-cigarettes or nicotine substitutes such as plasters or chewing gum would significantly increase the chances of successfully stopping smoking.
Smoking - one of the worst things you can do to your health
"Smoking increases the risk of suffering from over 50 serious illnesses, including cancer and numerous heart diseases, and doubles the risk of dying from a stroke," warns Dr. Shahab. On average, 6 out of 10 smokers want to quit. Most try with pure willpower, although according to Shahab, this is the least effective method.
Smoking versus e-cigarette
An experiment by Dr Lion Shahab and Dr Rosemary Leonard shows how many pollutants accumulate in the bodies of smokers and those of e-cigarette users within a month. They directed the smoke from cigarettes into a bell jar filled with cotton wool. The vapor from e-cigarettes was led into a second bell. According to the average amount smokers inhale within a month, the cotton wool in the bell was dark brown due to the tobacco smoke and stuck with a viscous tar slime. In the bell with the e-cigarette vapor, on the other hand, the cotton wool remained white (see picture above).
It is never too late to stop
Dr. Rosemary Leonard: "I regularly give patients advice on quitting, and when I recommend e-cigarettes, I am often surprised that many people have misconceptions." The results of the experiment would have clearly shown that every cigarette leads to tar enters the body and poison is distributed in the bloodstream. E-cigarette vapor, on the other hand, is much less harmful. Dr. Leonard hopes that this experiment will help motivate more smokers to switch and then quit. It is never too late to stop, the expert concludes.
For more information, see the article: "Quit Smoking". (vb)