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Is the electronic cigarette safe?

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Q. Is the e-cigarette really a safe product?

A. That’s really the wrong question. The question should be ‘is it safer than smoking’.

Experts we have interviewed believe that e-cigarettes are in the region of 95% safer than tobacco cigarettes, and that the risk that remains is similar to that of drinking coffee.

As for carcinogens, FDA research has revealed that there are more carcinogens in peanut butter than there are in e-cigarettes. And 1400 times less than there are in regular cigarettes.

Here’s what scientists say:

Professor Carl Phillips:

“The health benefits of switching are almost exactly the same as the health benefits of quitting…”

Siegel and Cahn (in a conclusion to an analysis is 19 different studies into e-cigarettes:)

“They [electronic cigarettes] are undoubtedly safer than tobacco cigarettes.”

Dr Nitzkin, Chair of the Tobacco Control Task Force for the American Association of Public Health Physicians:

“…we have every reason to believe that the hazard posed by e-cigarettes would be much lower than one percent of the hazard posed by cigarettes.”

David Sweanor, former advisor to the WHO on tobacco control:

“If there is anyone who believes cigarettes are no more hazardous than e-cigarettes I’d recommend a remedial course in basic sciences.”

For more expert opinions on whether the electronic cigarette is safe or not, see our Interviews with the Experts section.

Public Health England have recently released a report on e-cigarettes, concluding that they are at least 95% safer than smoking tobacco cigarettes. You can read the full summary of this report here.

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You Must Be Over 18 to Buy From E-cigarette Direct

Why do I have to prove my age?

To our website you look under 18.

So, as a responsible retailer, we need to check your age.

You'll only need to do this once and it takes less than a minute.

Our age verification system is quick and easy to complete. Simply enter your date of birth, and our system will use the information from your order to do the rest.

On rare occasions, you might find that you don’t succeed on first try. Don’t worry - our super-friendly customer service team is on hand to ensure that, as long as you are 18 or over, you can still get your vaping supplies!

Once you have confirmed your age we won’t usually need to check again. (Exceptions can occur, for example if you change your name).

(You can help us check your age by ensuring your name and address are spelt absolutely correctly in the order form :) )

How your data is used

We use as little data as possible. The only data that ECigaretteDirect keep is information needed to send your order, and your date of birth (so we only have to check once!)

Your age is checked using Experian, which will check the information you provide against information in existing records to confirm you are over 18. No credit check is performed but a record of the search will be visible to you on your credit report. This will not affect your ability to get credit.

Why do we check age?

As you may know, there has been some concern that under-18’s may try vaping.

This is against both our company policy and the law.

And as responsible retailers, we need to do everything we can to ensure that every customer is of legal age.

For more information, see our Terms and Conditions.

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See the little green lock in the search bar? That’s our security certificate (SSL or secure socket layer to be precise). It encrypts all the information you enter so that no-one else can see it.

Information you provide for age verification is sent securely to Experian and no details of the checks are stored in our system. Ever.

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