Royal College of Physicians recommends e-cigarettes for smokers

A few months ago I wrote here about the rise of e-cigarettes. In that post I pointed out that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than tobacco, and should be marketed as a safer alternative to smoking. There has been an interesting update on this topic today, with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) recommending that all smokers be offered and encouraged to use e-cigarettes. Continue reading

Smoking vs Vaping

VapingVaping has become remarkably popular in the UK over the last few years. Estimates now suggest that over 2.5 million people in the UK use e-cigarettes and that number is rising. However, as a recent conversation with my wonderful sister-in-law showed me, people are divided over whether this is a good thing or not.

Smoking is one of the most damaging habits we can choose to take up, being the single biggest cause of preventable death in the UK (as I described in a previous blog). We have known for years that people “smoke for the nicotine, but die from the smoke”; standard cigarettes burn tobacco, generating over 7,000 different chemicals, at least 72 of which are known to cause cancer. Continue reading

Smoking is even more dangerous than we realised

The UK government has finally decided to push ahead with legislation on plain packaging for cigarettes before the general election in May. This comes after years of inexcusable delay and extensive lobbying by the tobacco industry. In a brazen attempt to bully the government, the tobacco companies have even threatened to sue for damages if such legislation is introduced. Plain packaging is already required in Australia (and is now being introduced in Ireland) and has been shown to be an effective anti-smoking measure (evidence of which can be found here, here, here and here).

We are all fully aware that smoking is one of the most dangerous activities that you can do, but recent work has emphasised just how dangerous. Continue reading