New Study Proves Nicotine Is No More Harmful Than Coffee
It’s a big victory for electronic cigarettes this week as a new report from the UK’s Royal Society for Public Health reveals startling new details about the health impact of nicotine. According to a new study, nicotine is no more harmful for your health than coffee.
RSPH Chief Executive Shirley Cramer was quick to praise electronic cigarettes for their potential to help smokers quit using tobacco. “Getting people on nicotine rather than using tobacco would make a big difference to the public’s health,” Cramer said.
While there is no denying that nicotine is addictive, it is comparable to consuming caffeine. You could just as easily get hooked to energy drinks or coffee as you could to electronic cigarettes. “Clearly there are issues in terms of having smokers addicted to nicotine but this would move us on from having a serious and costly public health issue from smoking-related disease to instead address the issue of addiction to a substance which in and of itself is not too dissimilar to caffeine addiction,” Cramer explained.
At this point, electronic cigarettes are still relatively new so there are no long term studies about the health impact of vaping. However, a recent study found that inhaling ecig vapor was just as safe as breathing regular room air. The only questionable substance is nicotine and Cramer is confident that it is nothing to be overly concerned about.
In light of these new discoveries, the RSPH is pushing for tobacco shops to also offer electronic cigarettes and other nicotine replacement therapies. The organization also recommended that companies should call the products vaporizers or nicotine sticks instead of ecigarettes to help the public understand that ecigs are entirely different from traditional cigarettes.
Do you think we should call ecigs by a different name to remove some of the stigma? Are you surprised to hear that nicotine is comparable to caffeine?