Government says vaping 95% safer than smoking

TLDR: The UK government is launching a campaign to convince smokers that vaping is significantly a less damaging alternative to smoking although a lot of smokers are not aware of this fact. Public Health England is hoping to help smokers find the right support to help them quit, one is with the help of a vaping device.

Government says vaping 95% safer than smoking in push to get smokers to switch to e-cigarettes | The Independent

The government is launching a campaign to convince smokers vaping is a significantly less damaging alternative to smoking.

Public Health England (PHE) says e-cigarettes are 95 per cent safer than tobacco, but that fewer than half of smokers are aware of this fact.

The health agency released footage from an experiment to show the devastating harm caused by smoking and how this can be avoided by switching to vaping or using another type of aid to quit.

The experiment mimics the effects of inhaling tobacco smoke, e-cigarette vape and normal air into the lungs, with the lungs represented by three bell jars filled with cotton wool.

Each bell jar is attached to a diaphragm pump providing a continual and equal draw of air through each bell jar – one set up to “smoke” tobacco cigarettes, another to “vape” e-cigarettes and the third used as the control with only air drawn through it.

By the end of the experiment, the cotton wool in the tobacco bell jar is brown, the inside of the bell jar is brown and the tube leading to the air pump is thick with tar.

In comparison, the cotton wool in the e-cigarette bell jar remains practically unchanged, with some water vapour on it and very slight discolouration from the colouring in the e-liquid.

The inside of the bell jar had a few droplets of water vapour, while the “control” bell jar is entirely unchanged.

PHE director of health improvement Professor John Newton said the experiment visually illustrates the stark contrast between the impacts of smoking and vaping.

“I hope this illustrative experiment helps people see the huge damage caused by smoking that could be avoided by switching to an e-cigarette. Read more…

Opinion: We hope that the experiment would somehow shed light on the comparison of how smoking is different from vaping and that it would help other people see that vaping could really be a great alternative to smoking after seeing their difference. After all, we just want to give smokers who wanted to quit, like most of us before, the support and the help they needed.