The science on vaping may be young,but a prominent association of doctors in Britain is convinced: The hi-tech smoking alternative is “much safer” than cigarettes, UK’s Royal College of Physicians now says. The group is even encouraging doctors to urge their nicotine-addicted patients to make the switch.
We’re not sure what to make of a bunch of doctors telling us it’s cool to vape, but after that congressman took a couple of hits during a committee meeting in the U.S. Capitol, it’s beginning to feel almost normal for authority figures to OK vaping. Maybe it’s because most doctors agree that vaping is 95% safer than cigarettes, and so it just doesn’t seem like a big deal anymore.
The UK doctors didn’t go quite so far as to hit the vape themselves, but they are assessing whether to start prescribing vaporizers to encourage their smoking patients to make the jump to e-cigarettes.
“We don’t know enough yet about the long-term effects of vaping on people’s health, which is why we need more research,” Prof Simon Capewell, of the Faculty of Public Health, told the BBC.
The UK’s National Health Service attributes the deaths of 80,000 Britons annually to cigarettes, so it should come as little surprise that doctors are willing to support even slightly untested measures that could save a lot of those lives.
Mainstream support may be the key to vaping’s conquest of the cigarette market, and little in the world is as mainstream as anything your doctor (or congressman) recommends.