RISKS

The Facts Of Vaping

RISKS OF VAPING

The biggest risks of vaping are the unknown risks. Vaping hasn’t been around long enough to know the risks of long-term use, but we do know it’s less harmful than smoking.

WHAT WE KNOW

Breathing any product into your lungs unnecessarily is not ideal, and that’s why non-smokers should not vape. However, for those who smoke, switching to vaping is likely to substantially reduce health risks.

There is now general agreement that electronic cigarette use exposes the user to fewer toxicants than smoking tobacco cigarettes.

In general, smokers who switch to vaping reduce their exposure to a wide range of toxic substances. For more detail, view the Evidence Review of E-cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products 2018, a report commissioned by Public Health England.

There are safety risks to any electronic device.

Risks are what might happen, but side effects are the direct results.

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW

The risks associated with long-term vaping are unknown. While vaping is less harmful than smoking it is unlikely to be totally harm free. Ideally, smokers who are vaping to stop should look to eventually stop vaping too.

Scientists will not be certain for many years of any health risks associated with vaping. The Ministry of Health has a role in continuing to monitor the risk.

Comparative risks of cardiovascular disease and lung disease have not been quantified but are likely to be also substantially below the risks of smoking.

Evidence Review of E-cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products 2018, a report commissioned by Public Health England

RISK OF CANCER

The current estimate is, if vaping is found to be associated with cancer, the risk will only be a tiny fraction of the risks of smoking.

EFFECT ON OTHERS

There is currently no evidence that second-hand vapour is harmful to the health of by-standers. There is concern about youth taking up vaping.

POPCORN LUNG

Reputable e-liquid manufacturers no longer use diacetyl to create buttery flavours, after discovering its effect on popcorn factory workers.

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