Is the electronic cigarette safe?

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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