Posted by Mike Bartell

E-cigarettes: an evidence update - Public Health Department England

The Public Health Department in England continues to be responsible leaders when it comes to understanding vaping.

Public Health England (PHE) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom.

PHE's mission is "to protect and improve the nation’s health and to address inequalities". It employs 5,000 staff (full-time equivalent), who are mostly scientists, researchers and public health professionals. 

We invite you to read some of their expert studies on the subject. These are from 2015 and continue to remain published for their citizens. 

• E-cigarettes: an evidence update
A report commissioned by Public Health England (August 2015)


"In a nutshell, best estimates show e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes."

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• E-cigarettes: a new foundation for evidence-based policy and practice


"e-cigarettes have the potential to help smokers quit smoking, and the evidence indicates they carry a fraction of the risk of smoking cigarettes but are not risk free."

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• Authors' note on evidence for 'around 95%' safer estimate.


"Underpinning evidence the estimate that cigarette use is around 95% safer than smoking"

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Public Health England (PHE)

Summary of their studies:

An expert review of the latest evidence concludes that e-cigarettes are around 95% safer than smoked tobacco and they can help smokers to quit.

This review explains the relative risks and benefits of e-cigarettes, in terms of harm reduction when compared with cigarettes and as an aid to quitting.

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