Responding to the new video from Public Health England of an experiment showing the harmful effects of smoking tobacco compared with e-cigarettes1, BMA board of science chair Professor Dame Parveen Kumar, said:
“This experiment highlights the growing consensus that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking tobacco and provides a useful reference point to inform those who are planning to quit.
“While the safest option remains to smoke neither tobacco nor use e-cigarettes, there is no situation in which it is safer to continue smoking than to use an e-cigarette.
“With appropriate regulation, e-cigarettes can make an important contribution to delivering the BMA’s ambition of a tobacco-free society which will substantially reduce mortality from tobacco-related disease.”
Notes to editors
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1. Please see Public Health England’s website for more details.