Used with permission from ASI

“Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable deaths in the United Kingdom. It causes the overwhelming majority of lung cancers, increases the risk of developing various heart problems, and contributes to many other fatal or potentially fatal health conditions.1 In England alone, recent estimates show that almost 80,000 lives”

Rules around e-cigarettes should be relaxed so they can be more widely used and accepted in society, says a report by MPs.

Vaping is much less harmful than normal cigarettes and e-cigarettes should be made available on prescription to help more people quit smoking, it said.

The report also asks the government to consider their use on buses and trains.

There is no evidence e-cigarettes are a gateway into smoking for young people, Public Health England said.

The report on e-cigarettes, by the science and technology MPs’ committee, said they were too often overlooked by the NHS as a tool to help people stop smoking.

For example, it said it was “unacceptable” that a third of the 50 NHS mental health trusts in England had a ban on e-cigarettes on their premises, when there was a “negligible health risk” from second hand e-cigarette vapour.

The ASI’s Daniel Pryor Recently wrote a paper on this available here

Did MP’s consider this today because of their paper?

 

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Nicotine does not belong in the human body and seems to cause disease. Inhaling smoke, likewise, and it causes disease a lot faster. If the individual has the right to ingest nicotine (hint: Do we own our own bodies?) then a way to do so without inhaling smoke is a safety improvement. This is why American gadflies have fallen back on the fact that individuals should not ingest nicotine in the first place, and should stop pursuing relaxation, perhaps in favor of social activism or something. The anti-inflammatory Vioxx, Nestle infant formula, and of course trans-fats, were an improvement over… Read more »

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Nicotine does not belong in the human body and seems to cause disease. Inhaling smoke, likewise, and it causes disease a lot faster. If the individual has the right to ingest nicotine (hint: Do we own our own bodies?) then a way to do so without inhaling smoke is a safety improvement. This is why American gadflies have fallen back on the fact that individuals should not ingest nicotine in the first place, and should stop pursuing relaxation, perhaps in favor of social activism or something. The anti-inflammatory Vioxx, Nestle infant formula, and of course trans-fats, were an improvement over… Read more »

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Ditto caffeine – a ‘known carcinogen*’.

* although it apparently can cure cancer, too. At least, according to the Daily Mail.