Smoking charity chief Deborah Arnott has backed research that claims e-cigarettes are better for you than regular cigarettes – and rubbished suggestions they encourage children to take up smoking.
A report published by The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) report says e-cigarettes ‘dramatically improve health’ and smokers should be encouraged to use the device.
Arnott, Chief Executive of the Smoking Charity ASH, and one of the contributors to the report told Julia Hartley-Brewer that, e-cigarettes not “100 per cent safe”, you can “significantly reduce your risks of smoking related illness by using an e-cigarette.”
And she dismissed the idea the devices provide a gateway for young people to start smoking.
“It’s a hypothesis that e-cigarettes are attractive to young people - it’s not going on to [lead to] regular use,” she said.
“Smoking is not a choice, this is a relapsing disease. There is no reason why the NHS should not be doing everything it can to support people to quit.
“E-cigarettes are a lot safer and that message needs to get out there.”