The True Facts About E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Dear friend,

If you are a smoker, this article can save you and help you live healthier for the rest of your life.

We know that smoking kills. We know it. In fact, the Malaysian Health Ministry reports that 20,000 Malaysians die of smoking per year. It harms you, and it harms your loved ones.

We understand that you may have done your best to quit smoking in the past and might have failed to do so by sheer will or conventional pharmaceutical products. But when the advancement of the world has brought about the birth of electronic cigarettes, you should be empowered to learn more about its facts, and have the right to make a choice that can positively change your life!

Despite misinformation by the media, news or governments, here are the true facts about electronic cigarettes:

Public Health England (PHE), the executive agency of the United Kingdom’s Department of Health: “Our new review reinforces the finding that vaping is a fraction of the risk of smoking, at least 95% less harmful, and of negligible risk to bystanders. Yet over half of smokers either falsely believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking or just don’t know.” – Professor John Newton, Director for Health Improvement, PHE

“Nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking.”

“There is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers.”

“Smoking remains England’s number one killer and the best thing a smoker can do is to quit completely, now and forever. E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, but evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm. The problem is people increasingly think they are at least as harmful and this may be keeping millions of smokers from quitting. Local stop smoking services should look to support e-cigarette users in their journey to quitting completely.” – Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England

King’s College London, Tobacco Addiction: “It’s of great concern that smokers still have such a poor understanding about what causes the harm from smoking. When people smoke tobacco cigarettes, they inhale a lethal mix of 7,000 smoke constituents, 70 of which are known to cause cancer. The constituents in tobacco smoke that cause the harm are either absent or at much lower levels in e-cigarettes so we are confident that they are substantially less harmful than cigarette smoking. People smoke for the nicotine, but contrary to what the vast majority believe, nicotine causes little if any of the harm. The toxic smoke is the culprit and is the overwhelming cause of all the tobacco-related disease and death.” – Ann McNeill, Professor of Tobacco Addiction, King’s College London

“E-cigarettes could be a game changer in public health in particular by reducing the enormous health inequalities caused by smoking.”

Royal Society for Public Health: Nicotine “No More Harmful to Health than Caffeine”: “Getting people onto nicotine rather than using tobacco would make a big difference to the public’s health – clearly there are issues in terms of having smokers addicted to nicotine, but this would move us on from having a serious and costly public health issue from smoking related disease to instead address the issue of addiction to a substance which in and of itself is not too dissimilar to caffeine addiction.”

“With many smokers now incorrectly believing vaping is at least as dangerous as smoking, it is clear there is vital work to be done in better communicating these positive messages to the public. For anyone who has struggled to quit smoking, we strongly recommend switching to an e-cigarette as it could substantially improve your chances of success – especially if combined with professional support from your local stop smoking service.” – Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH)

Queen Mary University of London, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine:
“E-cigarettes are the most important development so far, not only in the treatment of tobacco dependence, but in tobacco control generally. If e-cigarettes are allowed to continue to compete with conventional cigarettes and develop further so that they give more and more smokers what they want from their cigarettes, smoking could virtually disappear.” – Professor Peter Hajek, Director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine’s Tobacco Dependence Research Unit, Queen Mary University of London

“I understand, though do not approve of, the anti-e-cigarette campaigns driven by commercial motives. It is harder to comprehend campaigners motivated by misguided ideology. It is patently obvious that disseminating misleading scare stories about e-cigarettes puts smokers off making the switch to e-cigarettes which would undoubtedly benefit their health. Representatives of some well-known public health and medical bodies in the UK and USA went on record with assertions that e-cigarettes are as harmful as or even more harmful than cigarettes. This kind of deception must be in breach of professional ethics, whatever the motivation behind it.”

“My reading of the evidence is that smokers who switch to vaping remove almost all the risks smoking poses to their health.”

Cancer Research UK: “E-cigarettes have huge potential to save lives by providing an alternative to smoking. Yet this can only be realized if we address negative harm perceptions and communicate honestly with the public. For those trying with e-cigarettes, this is a positive choice that should be supported.” – Linda Bauld, CRUK/BUPA Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention at Cancer Research UK, Professor of Health Policy at the University of Stirling, and Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies

“Fears that e-cigarettes have made smoking seem normal again or even led to people taking up tobacco smoking are not so far being realised based on the evidence assessed by this important independent review. In fact, the overall evidence points to e-cigarettes actually helping people to give up smoking tobacco.”

“It would be tragic if thousands of smokers who could quit with the help of an e-cigarette are being put off due to false fears about their safety.” – Professor John Newton, Director for Health Improvement, PHE

The message is clear: If you are a smoker, you have the choice to choose an even better life. On the other hand, if you have already switched to e-cigarettes from smoking – we encourage you to choose what is good for you and your loved ones, and share this information with more people around you!