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Do Electronic Cigarettes Reduce Harm?

Encouraging results from new E-Cigarette study


E cigarettes could be a useful harm reduction tool according to a survey carried out by UK e-cigarette company E Cigarette Direct and analysed by researchers in the Carl Phillips research group, the TobaccoHarmReduction.org research group at the University of Alberta School of Public Health.

The survey questioned several hundred e-smokers, many recruited from e-cigarette-forum.com, about their smoking habits and health prior to and after using the electronic cigarette.

“The majority of the respondents indicated that their general health, smoker’s cough, ability to exercise, sense of smell and sense of taste were better since starting to use e-cigarettes,” concluded the report.

Encouragingly, the survey also found that all those questioned had smoked prior to taking up the electronic cigarette, and many were using it as a complete replacement to cigarettes.

Researchers at the Tobacco Harm Reduction Project believe that the main cause of harm in tobacco use is caused by combustion.

Electronic cigarettes work by vaporising a gel that also contains water, propylene glycol and
flavourings. In contrast to cigarettes, there is no combustion involved in the process.

“While we believe further and longer-term research into the electronic cigarette is needed, these initial results are very encouraging,” said Jean Rasbridge, Managing Director of E Cigarette Direct.

For more information please view the abstract of the study or download the full article: Electronic Cigarettes as Potential Harm Reduction Products: Results of an Online Survey of E Cigarette Users.

The TobaccoHarmReduction.org Project at University of Alberta School of Public Health (link to be inserted here) is the leading source of information of safer alternatives for smokers who cannot or do not wish to quit using nicotine. Professor Phillips and his work group are leading advocates of tobacco harm reduction, and Dr. Phillips advises and works with many other organizations who are trying to promote it, some of which are companies that hope to profit from selling low-risk nicotine products. The TobaccoHarmReduction.org research group at the University of Alberta School of Public Health is partially supported by an unrestricted (completely hands-off) grant from U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company.

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