Health authorities have stated that E-cigarettes are healthier compared to the ordinary cigarettes and that there is no need to worry about the misconceptions that are widely believed about e-cigarettes. A large number of people believe that dangers from e-cigarettes are no different compared to the ordinary cigarettes. A recent report released by Action on Smoking and Health states that there has been an increase in the use of e-cigarettes. In Britain alone, the number of vapers has reached 2.6 million.
At the end of 2014 Britain had only 2.1 million vapers and in a matter of just five months, the numbers have bulged to 2.6 million. Notably, most of the new e-cig smokers are those who were used to the regular cigarettes earlier.
This report also shows that experts have succeeded in spreading the awareness of e-cigarettes. Many people are still trying to quit smoking with the help of tobacco. On the other hand however, many people have also started to believe that e- cigarettes are no less harmful compared to the regular cigarettes.
Last year just about 15% people regarded e-cigarettes to be lethal for health. But that proportion has now ascended on account of false studies. At present some 22% people believe that e-cigarettes are also harmful.
Deborah Arnott, the chief executive of ASH, said, ‘The number of ex-smokers who are staying off tobacco by using electronic cigarettes is growing, showing just what value they can have. But the number of people who wrongly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking is worrying.”
She added, “The growth of this false perception risks discouraging many smokers from using electronic cigarettes to quit and keep them smoking instead which would be bad for their health and the health of those around them.”
The rapid spread of this false perception about e-cigarettes poses big threat to smokers. The major motivation to move from conventional cigarettes to e-cigarettes comes from the claim that they are less harmful to the smoker and more environment friendly. But by spreading the misconception, many smokers have been discouraged from making the shift to e-cigarettes and continue with the traditional cigarettes that are more hazardous.