According to Prof. Umberto Tirelli, Director of the Medical Oncology Department at the National Cancer Institute in Aviano, Italy, electronic cigarettes are not carcinogenic and could play a big role in the global fight against tobacco smoking, if only governments and medical institutions encouraged their use as an alternative to smoking.
For years, Tirelli has been advocating for the use of e-cigarettes in a bid to get more people off traditional cigarettes. Alongside other Italian health experts like Carlo Cipolla, of the European Institute of Oncology, Ricardo Polosa, of the University of Catania and Umberto Veronesi, director of the European Institute of Oncology, he has been preaching the advantages of vaping over smoking as a way to prevent cancers.
In his latest statement on the topic of electronic cigarettes, Umberto Tirelli suggested that smokers who cannot give up the habit with the help of traditional therapy should be encouraged to use e-cigarettes. “As numerous studies have already confirmed, the benefits of electronic cigarettes to personal health and the national health system are considerable,” he said
“Let’s all remember that not smoking is the best way to prevent cancers. But considering the difficulty of overcoming nicotine dependence, if a person cannot quit tobacco cigarettes, they can try electronic cigarettes, which are not carcinogenic,” Prof. Tirelli concluded.