Doctors praise e-cigarettes at London summit

If you are still feeling a little uneasy about taking the leap into vaping, the most recent remarks from physicians at a London summit might ease your mind. According to one report, doctors were quick to praise electronic cigarettes and even recommended them for smokers that could not quit using tobacco.

There are currently an estimated 7 million people using electronic cigarettes in Europe. While some nations are cracking down on the tobacco-free devices, there is still a growing movement as smokers claim they find freedom from tobacco by switching to smokeless vapor instead.

At the London summit, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos from the University Hospital Gathuisberg in Belgium insisted that the risks were miniscule, at around 1/1000th of the health risk of using tobacco. “We can recommend that smokers who cannot quit should switch to e-cigarettes,” he told reporters.

Dr. Farsalinos believes that electronic cigarettes are the most effective option for smoking cessation, citing personal research showing vast success among adults that used e-cigs. Where other forms of nicotine replacement therapy routinely fail, e-cigs seem to be working for the majority of smokers. “The best alternative before was around 20%. In my research up to 80% of participants using e-cigarettes have quit,” he said.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 1 billion people will suffer premature death related to smoking over the next hundred years. With such high stakes, it’s imperative that society work together to support a solution that is apparently working. Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of UK health charity Action on Smoking and Health said that while quitting cold turkey is best, e-cigs are a good option for people that can’t just walk away from nicotine. “It’s the smoke that kills you – not the nicotine – so for smokers who are heavily addicted, switching to safer sources of nicotine could literally be a lifesaver,” she said.

Even with doctors giving positive reports about e-cigarettes helping smokers quit, lawmakers are still hesitant to publicly approve. The European Parliament recently voted to abandon plans to treat e-cigs are medical devices in favor of less restrictive regulations. Still, any regulation could pose a threat to the e-cig industry. “Regulation puts the businesses under threat, which could mean users are forced to smoke regular cigarettes again,” said Nigel Hislop from Save E-cigs advocacy group.

Analysts predict that vaping will overtake smoking in many European nations by 2016 so lawmakers will have to quickly decide how to handle vaping. “It’s a consumer revolution, led by word of mouth rather than advertising,” said Chris Snowdon, from the British Institute of Economic Affairs.

Regardless of how legislators handle the situation, it is a giant step forward to have physicians openly endorsing electronic cigarettes as a life saving technology. Researchers and physicians like Dr. Konstantinos will have a major impact on how the world views e-cigarettes in the coming days.

This article is copied from a post on by Dustin Erickson on March 13 2014

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