“Emerging tobacco products such as e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn cigarettes… are no less harmful than cigarettes”, said professor and dean of Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Dr Chia Kee Seng, whilst ignoring the countless studies that indicate otherwise.
Another recent study, from Georgetown University Medical Center in the United States, indicated that if smokers had to switch to e-cigarettes, up to 6.6 million early deaths could be avoided across the US alone.
With regards to HnB products, an independent analysis of their emissions also revealed much lower levels of toxic by-products when compared to combustible cigarettes.
Scientific data should inform policy
The “accepted protocol” would be to examine scientific data and inform policy accordingly, added the article. As numerous public experts across the world have been pointing out, waiting for decades to determine long term effects, when there is sufficient data indicating that they are so much safer than regular cigarettes, is nonsensical.