Medical and academic authorities in the UK are advocating that several thousands of lives could be saved from death if active smokers switched to smoking e-cigarettes instead of tobacco. The researchers from the University College London (UCL) stated that about 6,000+ lives out of one million active smokers could be saved from tobacco smoking related deaths if they’d only switch to e-cigs.
E-cigs produce the same effects that real tobacco produces in smokers, and the nicotine vapor it contains is almost as real as that contained in tobacco smokes, but with less toxins and carcinogens as present in real cigarettes. The carcinogens and toxins in tobacco cause premature deaths and health complications in active smokers, and with about nine million smokers across Britain, researchers believe as many as 54,000 lives could be saved if they switched loyalty to e-cigarettes.
According to the health experts, “given that smokers smoke primarily for the nicotine but die primarily from the tar, one might imagine that e-cigarettes would be welcomed as a means to prevent much of the death and suffering caused by cigarettes.” And Professor Robert West and Dr. Jamie Brown from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health of the UCL state that “the vapor (from e-cigs) contains nothing like the concentrations of carcinogens and toxins as cigarette smoke.”
There are however some levels of debates going on the actual risks posed by cigarettes, and on the use of e-cigs as an alternative. Some health professionals are of the opinion that e-cigarettes act as a gateway to smoking for non-smokers, and that it does not help active smokers to quit smoking altogether – although there a few testimonies to the contrary. Some believe that the benefits of e-cigs over tobacco cigarettes are not so proven, however they all seem to agree that e-cigs are much safer than cigarettes.
Professor Ann McNeill of the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London states that “e-cigarettes are new and we certainly don’t yet have all the answers to their long-term health impact, but what we do know is that they are much safer than e-cigarettes, which kill over six million people a year globally.”