A report by Public Health England, a UK government health organization, recently found that vaping is 95% safer than smoking and could help cause 8 million people across the country to quit cigarettes. While our government here in the good ol’ USA has their panties in a bunch over the lost tobacco tax revenue and is trying to ban vaping in a desperate cash grab, the UK government has calmly looked at the facts and decided to go all-in on this lifesaving technology.
The independent report found that e-cigarettes could be “a game changer in public health” and recommended that health care professionals offer ” a range of evidence-based, effective solutions”, including e-cigarettes to former smokers who want them.
According to Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England:
“E-cigarettes are not completely risk-free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm. The problem is people increasingly think they are at least as harmful, (which could) be keeping millions of smokers from quitting.”
A spokesperson from PHE said the following:
“We want to see a choice of safe and effective e-cigarette products that smokers want to use on the market and look forward to the arrival of licensed products that could be prescribed as medicines.”
Must be nice to have a government that actually cares about their citizens more than they care about short-term cash. The UK government is giving away e-cigs while here in America we’re just barely trying (most likely unsuccessfully) to keep vaping legal.