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The UK National Health Service (NHS) has claimed that second-hand smoke contains more than 4000 cancer-causing chemicals, but that second-hand vape smoke has “no identified health risks”.
The NHS found that frequent exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke increases the risk of lung cancer and health disease. On the other hand, an evidence based report by Public Health England (PHE) provided some research suggesting that e-cigarettes are saving lives.
The report concluded that vaping poses a significantly smaller amount of risks as opposed to smoking.
The report stated: “there have been no identified health risks of passive vaping to bystanders”.
The smoking of cigarettes is currently banned in all enclosed public places as well as various outdoor areas in NSW. These regulations fall under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 and the Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2016.
A spokesman for British American Tobacco Australia told News.com.au: “In many countries British American Tobacco provides a range of products for smokers seeking a harm reduced alternative”.
“Increasingly, the global evidence base supports making these products available. This is witnessed by the progressive approach to tobacco harm reduction by law makers in Europe, the United States, Canada and New Zealand,” the spokesman said.
“Australia’s prohibitionist approach stands in stark contrast.”
The PHE’s review came not long after US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report concluding that e-cigarettes are likely to be less harmful than tobacco cigarettes.