With poor lung health a factor in Covid-19, a new report into the health impacts of e-cigarettes is worth considering.
The report, issued today, says that e-cigarettes can pose a risk to health.
It was ordered by the Department of Health to assess the potential risk of e-cigarettes. It found that vaping can worsen heart disease and lung disorders.
The independent Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) now say e-cigarettes should only be used as a stop-smoking aid.
The combination of metals and other particles in the e-cigarette "could exacerbate an inflammatory response" it says.
"The relative risk of [e-cigarattes] compared to conventional cigarettes appear to be lower, but there is still some risk associated with the chemicals and particles in the emissions from [the devices]. This risk should be emphasised to new users," reads the report.
Commenting on the findings, Professor Alan Boobis, Chair of the COT, said: “Our assessment on e-cigarettes largely reinforces the scientific consensus to date on their relative safety, that while not without risk they are significantly less harmful than smoking.”
Dr Nicholas Hopkinson commented further work was needed to identify any toxic components in e-cigarette vapour to “minimise the remaining risk as far as possible”.
Read the full report by COT here
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