Electronic Cigarettes

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th November 2016.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the potential contribution to savings to NHS resources of the introduction of e-cigarettes.

Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of those who use electronic cigarettes returning to smoking tobacco.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Using electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is likely to be considerably less harmful to health than continuing to smoke. However, we have insufficient evidence on any residual health harms associated with long term use, and the numbers of users that relapse to smoking, to make an estimate on the impact of their use on National Health Service costs.

The surveys that are undertaken often capture use at one point in time and we know that smokers often make repeated attempts to quit, using a variety of mechanisms to support them before success. E-cigarettes can help some smokers to quit for good and is currently the most popular quitting aid in England. Action for Smoking and Health data (May 2016) estimates that of the 2.8 million current users, around 1.3 million are ex-smokers, i.e. e-cigarette users who only vape. That is an increase from 2014 when around one third of users were ex-smokers.

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robert harvey
Posted on 27 Nov 2016 10:26 am (Report this annotation)

I started smoking at age 13 in 1971 though only when I could, once I left school and started working the first thing I bought with my wages was cigarettes, I was a fairly heave user smoking between 20 to 30 cigarettes a day and despite health problems caused by smoking was never able to give up for very long, I tried patches and gum ect, but nothing worked.
when I used to smoke I had many breathing problems most noticeably when walking up stairs and if I was out on a windy day found it impossible to breath if the wind blew in my face.
I have been vaping now for two and a half years and haven't had a cigarette since the time I started vaping, I feel so much better for getting off of the cigarettes I can breath so much better, I am not bothered if even a very strong wind blows in my face and I can walk up stairs without any problems, I even managed to walk up 5 flights of stairs recently and didn't need to stop and catch my breath even once.
whether e-cigs are 95% safer or even only say 50% safer I think they are worth using rather then going back to smoking as I would likely do if some had their way and made vaping too difficult.
I realy cant see why anyone wants to harm this alternative yet let cigarette companies profit from their demise.