House of Lords written question – answered on 20th November 2013.

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Photo of Viscount Ridley Viscount Ridley Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what evidence they based the information on the NHS website that the toxicity of e-cigarettes is one thousandth of that of tobacco cigarettes.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The National Health Service website states that the level of toxins in electronic cigarettes is about one thousandth of that in cigarette smoke, which came from the findings of United States scientists Zachary Cahn and Michael Siegel published in the Journal of Public Health Policy in December 2010.

The available evidence is that electronic cigarettes are likely to be substantially less harmful that smoking tobacco cigarettes; however, the scientific evidence on the long term health effects of using these products is limited.

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