General Article 8 things to know about e-cigarettes

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Vaping is not risk free but is far less harmful than smoking. Our advice remains that people who smoke are better to switch completely to vaping but if you have never been a smoker, don’t start to vape.

This blog, published to coincide with PHE’s latest independent evidence report, looks at some of the most common misconceptions around e-cigarettes and provides the facts.

1. E-cigarettes and the US lung injury outbreak

Last August, vapers began to arrive at emergency rooms across the US suffering from serious lung injuries. It was not immediately clear what was behind the outbreak, which led to 68 deaths over the following months. Based partly on the fact that the outbreak affected a very specific population and how the rate of new cases peaked and fell we wrote to the Lancet to explain that a ‘bad batch’ of illicit cannabis vaping products may be to blame. However, in response to the outbreak, regulators around the world started taking nicotine vaping products off the market whils...

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