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Electronic Cigarettes - What The Experts Say

Professor Carl Phillips, TobaccoHarmReduction.org
Institute at the University of Alberta, Canada.


"I think there's absolutely no dount that it [the e-cigarette] is a safer alternative to regular cigarettes. The health benefits of switching are almost exactly the same as the health benefits of quitting..."

Professor Michael Siegal
A doctor, a professor, an enthusiastic support of tobacco harm reduction

"Inhaling nicotine cannot be nearly as dangerous as inhaling nicotine plus thousands of other chemicals, including more than 40 carcinogens."

"...determining that a tobacco-free nicotine delivering product is safer than a product that delivers nicotine with thousands of tobacco smoke constituents is a fact of basic science."

Professor Ricarddo Polosa
Italian Quit Smoking Association

"The status quo in smoking cessation presents smokers with just two unpleasant alternatives: quit or die. But, there is a third choice for smokers: switching to the e-cig."

"The use of e-cig allows smokers to introduce nicotine from a much safer source than a lit cigarette and to keep the gestures associated with smoking."

Dr Adrian Payne
Managing Director of Tobacco Horizons

"Based on the safety profiling data on e-cigarettes that has been published so far, I think it's reasonable to say that they are probably at least two, if not three, orders of magnitude less harmful that regular cigarettes."

"The key reason for this huge difference is that e-cigarettes don't generate harmful tobacco smoke."

Dr Joel Nitzkin
Chair of the Tobacco Control Task Force for the American Association of Public Health Physicians

"...we have every reason to believe that the hazard posed by e-cigarettes would be much lower than one percent, probably lower than one tenth of one percent of the hazard posed by regular cigarettes."

"I don't think there is a question, there is no possibility that e-cigarettes could be anywhere near as harmful as cigarettes."

David Sweanor
Former Advisor of the World Health Organisation on Tobacco Control

"Nicotine use should not come with a death sentence."

"If there is anyone who believes cigarettes are no more hazardous than e-cigarettes i'd recommend a remedial course in basic sciences."

David Halpern
Chair UK Government Nudge Unit

"There's no doubt it [the electronic cigarette] can save many lives and hundreds of millions of pounds."