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Despite the number of studies indicating that e-cigarettes have great potential as smoking cessation tools, speaking in Westminster MP Gregory Lloyd Campbell said that it would be wrong of governments to promote the devices as such.

Campbell added that the real hurdle will be reaching the hardcore smokers. “Part of the traditional problem with smoking has been that when the number of smokers declined and we got down to about 20 per cent, it was then difficult to make further inroads, “ he said, adding, “Similarly, if a third of smokers have still not moved to vaping, again we have the problem that we have reached the hard core of people on whom more work is needed.”

The MP’s comments came after a speech by Conservative MP Gareth Johnson who said that if the latest research is correct in showing that vaping can save lives that would be otherwise lost to smoking, e-cigarettes need to studied more closely.

“In my experience, most smokers do want to stop but find it very difficult to do so. That is why we should embrace the potential of vaping as an important tool in enabling people to give up.” Conservative MP Gareth Johnson

In response to Campbell’s comments, Johnson said “Ultimately, if people want to smoke, are aware of the risks and are happy to take them, that is entirely their right as adults. I do not seek to dictate how people should lead their life. However, in my experience, most smokers do want to stop but find it very difficult to do so. That is why we should embrace the potential of vaping as an important tool in enabling people to give up.”

Data in favour of e-cigarettes as safer alternatives

A study titled, Comparing the cancer potencies of emissions from vapourised nicotine products including e-cigarettes with those of tobacco smoke, published on BMJ Tobacco Control last August indicated that the cancer risk from vaping is 1% that of smoking.

“The aerosols form a spectrum of cancer potencies spanning five orders of magnitude from uncontaminated air to tobacco smoke. E-cigarette emissions span most of this range with the preponderance of products having potencies<1% of tobacco smoke and falling within two orders of magnitude of a medicinal nicotine inhaler ”,  read the study abstract.

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  • Patricia Hatch

    Should you want to know why is it so difficult to quit smoking cigarettes we must to locate the bad: Nicotine. Plus the undeniable fact that this substance is readily available through the cigarette does not mean it’s harmless, it’s actually probably one of the most addictive substances on the market, and like every addiction, at attempt to eliminate their consumption occur both real and psychic symptoms referred to as abstinence problem.

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    • Mister Blog Dog

      Patricia: Is that the same ‘bad’ nicotine that is prescribed by medical professionals – nicotine that is used in patches, gums and sprays?

      Nope, thought not.

    • Vinny Gracchus

      Do you mean the same nicotine found in potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant (aubergine), cauliflower, and black and green teas?

    • Mark

      “Addictive” does not automatically equate to “harmful”. And what on Earth is a ‘psychic’ symptom?

  • Ed Lindhorn

    I watch people come in to the vape store week after week and most lower their Nicotine in their juice, and a lot don;t even use nicotine in their juice, and if nicotine is so addictive why aren’t kids screaming for more eggplant and other veggies??? I think that Patricia is a litlle brain washed by the BS media…..