British Dental Health Foundation by New Report on E-Cigarettes
Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, has welcomed the latest report on the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a quitting aid for smokers.
Dr Carter said it is encouraging that many people in the UK are able to quit thanks to e-cigarettes, but insisted that more needs to be done to further encourage people to stop and reduce the prevalence of smoking in the coming years.
A new report shows that e-cigarettes have become an incredibly popular means of cutting down and quitting altogether. They have also been found to be significantly less harmful to health than traditional cigarettes and tobacco.
The independent review suggested that using e-cigarettes is less damaging to health and states that there is no evidence to suggest that the availability of the products has not increased the incidence of smoking. There have been suggestions that e-cigarettes can actually encourage people to start smoking in the first place, especially younger people, however the report claims that this is unsubstantiated.
Dr Carter highlighted the risks associated with smoking, including an increased risk of developing gum disease and oral cancer, which affects around 7,000 people in the UK every year.
The British Dental Health Foundation is committed to raising awareness of the relationship between smoking and oral health and although there is still a long way to go to achieving the goal of a smoke-free Britain, the latest signs are encouraging.
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