So it would seem that the rest of the UK are finally catching up with us and the E-Cigarette community. They’ve realised and recognised just how innovative, forward thinking and good these little inventions are.
Whilst we’ve always been aware of the health benefits of e-cigs in relation to traditional cigarettes, it would seem that apparently this is news to the rest of Britain with Public Health England only really recently conducting a report on the health safety of e-cigs which found that they are 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. As a result of this, the NHS have proposed that they start prescribing e-cigarettes as a healthy way helping people to quit tobacco based cigarettes.
Public Health England have called these findings a ‘game changer’ and the fact that currently 2.6 million adults in Britain are already smoking them, only endorses this. Although this is going to add to the already rather large cost of £49m that the NHS spends on products to help smokers quit, health experts feel that the cost is certainly justified due to the long-term savings on the treatment for smoking related diseases.
With a shocking 44.8% of the British public not knowing that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking, the director of Public Health England has said that it is very important to bust what he labelled “harmful myths” by giving out as much medical information as possible to help create faith in and endorse the use of e-cigarettes in order to help millions of smokers to quit as it is predicted that up to 4 million people will be entitled to free e-cigarettes.
GPs and other stop-smoking services are not going to be able to start prescribing e-cigarettes immediately due to the fact that as it currently stands, no e-cigarettes are market licensed for medical purposes. However, by the end of the year, the plan is to have these all in place.
So what exact benefits have the NHS identified in e-cigarettes in comparison to traditional, tobacco cigarettes? Currently, smoking-related diseased costs the UK economy a whopping £13.7 billion a year with tens and thousands of people dying as a result of these diseases. It’s no secret that tobacco is a killer and that it causes heart disease, lung disease and numerous strains and types of cancer. This is exactly why we here at Grey Haze provide smokers with such a great alternative – these are life savers and we’re so glad that the NHS has acknowledged this. The fact that e-cigarettes contain no tobacco whatsoever removes the risk of tobacco related illnesses whilst still giving you a nicotine kick (that you can adjust or remove as you wish).
So whilst these findings are not news to us, it is music to our ears to hear that what we do is being recognised by the government as being good, healthy and productive (as well as tasting really damn good at the same time!) We’re excited for this anti-tobacco movement to start and to watch our products become deservingly medically licensed as a healthy way to stop smoking.