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Science about e-cigarettes

Statens institutt for rusmiddelforskning (SIRUS) • Oct 2013

SIRUS Rapport 5/2013

Hva er elektroniske sigaretter, hvor farlige er de og hvordan bør de reguleres?

• Presse:

Folkehelseinstituttet: «Hva er elektroniske sigaretter…»

NRK: E-sigaretter er nesten helt ufarlig

Forskning.no: Uvitenskapelig motstand mot e-sigaretter

Forskning.no: E-sigaretter kan gi helserevolusjon

Statens institutt for rusmiddelforskning (SIRUS) • Oct 2014

SIRUS Rapport 5/2014

Elektroniske sigaretter – bruksmønster, brukergrupper og brukerkultur.

• Presse:

Forskning.no: Folkehelseinstituttets ledelse har gjort grove overtramp

Public Health England • Aug 2015

E-cigarettes around 95% less harmful than tobacco estimates landmark review

Expert independent review concludes that e-cigarettes have potential to help smokers quit.

• Quote:

«My reading of the evidence is that smokers who switch to vaping remove almost all the risks smoking poses to their health.»

Public Health England • Aug 2015

E-cigarettes: an evidence update

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.

• Documents:

  1. E-cigarettes: an evidence update
  2. E-cigarettes: a new foundation for evidence-based policy and practice
  3. Authors' note on evidence for 'around 95%' safer estimate

Public Health England • Jul 2016

Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces

Advice to inform evidence-based policy making.

• Quote:

«International peer-reviewed evidence indicates that the risk to the health of bystanders from exposure to e-cigarette vapour is extremely low. This is in contrast to the conclusive evidence of harm from exposure to secondhand smoke, which provides the basis for UK smokefree laws. The evidence of harm from secondhand exposure to vapour is not sufficient to justify the prohibition of e-cigarettes.»

Polosa, Cibella, Caponnetto, Maglia, Prosperini, Russo & Tashkin • Nov 2017

Health impact of E-cigarettes

A prospective 3.5-year study of regular daily users who have never smoked

• Press:

RegulatorWatch: Study Shows No Lung Damage From Vaping

Public Health England • Feb 2018

Clearing up some myths around e-cigarettes

Not surprisingly, there are lots of inaccuracies and misconceptions about e-cigarettes and vaping. This blog looks at some of the most common myths and provides the facts.

• Quotes:

«Four out of 10 smokers and ex-smokers wrongly think nicotine causes most of the tobacco smoking-related cancer, when evidence shows nicotine actually carries minimal risk of harm to health. Although nicotine is the reason people become addicted to smoking, it is the thousands of other chemicals contained in cigarette smoke that causes almost all of the harm.»

«Unlike cigarettes, there is no side-stream vapour emitted by an e-cigarette into the atmosphere, just the exhaled aerosol.»

Public Health England • Feb 2018

PHE publishes independent expert e-cigarettes evidence review

A new Public Health England (PHE) e-cigarette evidence review, undertaken by leading independent tobacco experts, provides an update on PHE’s 2015 review.

• Quotes:

«Our new review reinforces the finding that vaping is a fraction of the risk of smoking, at least 95% less harmful, and of negligible risk to bystanders.»

«There is much public misunderstanding about nicotine (less than 10% of adults understand that most of the harms to health from smoking are not caused by nicotine).»

Public Health England • Mar 2018

E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products: evidence review

Annual update of Public Health England’s e-cigarette evidence review by leading independent tobacco experts.

• Documents:

  1. Evidence review of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products 2018: executive summary
  2. Evidence review of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products 2018

Public Health England • Feb 2019

Vaping in England: an evidence update February 2019

Annual update of Public Health England’s e-cigarette evidence review by leading independent tobacco experts.

This February 2019 update focuses on vaping prevalence and characteristics of e-cigarette use in adults and young people, and e-cigarette use in English stop-smoking services.

• Documents:

  1. Vaping in England: evidence update summary February 2019
  2. Vaping in England: an evidence update February 2019

Nikan • Feb 2020

Anerkjent forsker imøtegår Dagens Næringsliv

Forsker Karl Erik Lund imøtegår Dagens Næringslivs ensidige framstilling og direkte feil om e-sigaretter i et sterkt innlegg. Lørdag 1. februar hadde Dagens Næringsliv en større reportasje om e-sigaretter, med en svært negativ vinkling.

• Presse:

DNMagasinet: Tobakksindustriens nye klær

DNMagasinet: Fritt frem for e-sigaretter med nikotin i Norge

Dagens Næringsliv: Leserinnlegg: Unyansert om e-sigaretter

Cancer Research UK

E-cigarette safety

Here you will find a summary of the current available information on the relative safety of e-cigarettes compared to tobacco.


Public Health England • Dec 2018

Smokefree "Health Harms" – Impact of smoking vs vaping demonstration

Dr Lion Shahab • Dr Rosemary Leonard

In this short film leading smoking researcher Dr Lion Shahab and Dr Rosemary Leonard carry out a demonstration to visually illustrate the impact of smoking vs vaping over a month.

• Press:

The Guardian: Public Health England maintains vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking

CNBC Prime • Jul 2019

Government Promotes Vaping As Smoking Cessation Tool

Public Health England Director of Health Improvement John Newton describes e-cigarettes as 95% less harmful than cigarettes. He says it would be "tragic" if people kept smoking cigarettes because they haven't tried vaping.

NCSCTfilms • Jan 2018

An independent introduction to vaping for smokers

This film is a basic introduction to e-cigarettes for smokers considering switching from smoking to vaping. The film features internationally recognised expert Dr Hayden McRobbie and Sam, a tree surgeon sharing his experiences of switching.

NCSCTfilms • Nov 2017

E-cigarette safety: the facts explained

In this extended (13 minute) film, experts take a deeper look at the evidence on some of the issues that surround the use of e-cigarettes - including the safety of e-liquids and vapour, secondhand vaping, the 'gateway' theory, and the safety of vaping relative to smoking.

The second of a series of five NCSCT films for the public, part-funded by Public Health England and produced in association with the New Nicotine Alliance.

NCSCTfilms • Feb 2013

The Switch

Find out about vaping direct from people who have made The Switch.

The US "vaping illness"

Gizmodo: Vitamin E to Blame for 'Vast Majority' of Vaping Illness Cases, CDC Says

The Guardian: Vitamin E acetate most likely caused US vaping illness, say experts

The Globe Post: Crusade Against Vaping E-Cigarettes is Catastrophic for Public Health

The Economist: Vaping: what people are getting wrong

GOV.uk: Vaping and lung disease in the US: PHE’s advice

Nordic Light: Folkehelseinstituttet friskmelder vanlige e-sigaretter