Dr Murray Laugeson, one of the first scientists to carry out research on the electronic cigarette, is arguing that the electronic cigarette reduce the risk of cancer.
His arguments are based on the following:
- Nicotine is not a known carcinogen.
- The USA lung study demonstrated that the risk of lung cancer did not increase in those who stopped smoking but continued to use nicotine. This was based on a ten year follow up of smokers of thousands of ex-smokers.
- Over the last 25 years nicotine has been given to millions of smokers without any sign of increased risk of cancer. This includes the 8% who have become long term nicotine gum users.
- The cancer-causing gases of cigarettes are not found in electronic cigarettes.
In conclusion, Murray states:
Switching to e-cigarettes with nicotine continued, can be expected to reduce lung cancer risk the same as altogether quitting cigarettes without e-cigarettes.
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