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E-cigarettes: current evidence from research

In England there are a good number of smokers, and these cost the government an enormous amount of money in health insurance. Of course, the British government is also not happy with the large number of deaths from the effects of tobacco. In contrast to the Dutch government, England has put a lot of effort into using e-cigarettes as a way to get rid of smoking. That is why they have invested a lot of time and money to investigate the consequences of vaping. What are the results and what can we learn from this?

What do professionals think in England?

In addition to interest groups, the British government and health care support the use of e-cigarettes as a means to help people get rid of smoking. These are five conclusions they have drawn, the full report contains even more information:

The use of e-cigarettes is certainly 95% less harmful than the use of cigarettes.

  • There is no evidence that the e-cigarette encourages young people to smoke.
  • Secondhand vapor has little or no effect on bystanders, as opposed to smoking.
  • Completely stopping smoking including fumes is best, but not everyone succeeds on their own.
  • Prescribing nicotine substitutes such as e-cigarettes can help smokers in their fight to quit.

Why not in the Netherlands?

Since 2020, e-cigarettes in the Netherlands have largely been equated with tobacco products. So no more fumes in the hospitality industry, no more attractive labels and the products may not be visible in the store. Nevertheless, research in countries such as Great Britain and the United States has repeatedly shown that smoking is many times worse than vapors. Instead of eliminating at least 95% of the dangers, the decision is made to make stopping much more difficult. Why does the Netherlands not take the example of England, America, France and more and more countries that recommend fumes as a better alternative to smoking?