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Yes, that headline hit us on last Tuesday. And it's pretty much everywhere now. What's funny about this article, is that it's full of experts explaining that vaping is very much safer than smoking! We have:

Top expert Prof Robert West, of University College London, said: “It would certainly be fair to say the study shows electronic cigarettes are not without any risk."

Prof Peter Weissberg, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “The study shows electronic cigarettes cannot be assumed to be risk free."

Deborah Arnott of Action on Smoking and Health says that e-cigarettes are ‘much safer than tobacco’ 

Rosanna O’Connor from Public Health England is quoted as saying ‘Vaping carries a fraction of the risk of smoking.’

These comments are in line with the review of the scientific evidence published by Public Health England which concluded that e-cigarettes are ‘around 95 per cent less harmful than tobacco’. This was confirmed earlier this year in a review by the Royal College of Physicians which concluded that ‘the possibility of some harm from long-term e-cigarette use cannot be dismissed due to inhalation of the ingredients other than nicotine, but is likely to be very small, and substantially smaller than that arising from tobacco smoking’. The aricle also mentions that GPs in Britain will soon be able to prescribe e-cigarettes as a stop smking aid.

But The University of Athens Medical School professor Charalambos Viachopoulos told the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Rome: “E-cigarettes are less harmful than traditional cigarettes but they are not harmless.

“There could be long term heart dangers.

“They are far more dangerous than people realise.

“I wouldn’t recommend them now as a method to give up smoking. I think the UK has rushed into adopting this method.”

It seems like The Sun based their article on comments shown above. Dr Charalambos Vlachopoulos published a study in June  looking at the effect of vaping on blood pressure and blood vessels. The study found that e-cigarettes cause arterial stiffness which,as Dr Michael Siegel notes on his blog, is hardly surprising since nicotine causes arterial stiffness (so does drinking coffee, taking an exam and watching football!).

Thanks to alarmist headlines like that on the front of soaraway Sun, the likelihood is that e-cigarettes are actually safer than people realise. Despite the efforts of organisations like Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians to inform the public, unfounded scare stories in the popular press have led to people becoming more ignorant about the relative risks of vaping and smoking over time. As a result, smokers have increasingly taken a ‘better the devil you know’ approach and stuck with tobacco.

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