E-cigarettes reduce risk of cancer


Smoking e-cigarettes instead of tobacco reduces the risk of cancer, according to Health New Zealand.


Dr. Murray Laugesen, who heads the organization, argued that switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes reduces the risk of lung cancer. Citing previous research on smoking, Laugesen noted that nicotine consumption alone does not cause cancer.


Think about the millions of people who have used nicotine gum or the patch. Have they developed cancer? To be sure, the use of traditional smoking cessation methods is not associated with cancer. Tobacco is associated with cancer (and a long list of other diseases) because of many of the other chemicals contained in cigarette smoke.


In this light, it makes sense that switching to e-cigarettes might reduce the risk of cancer.


Thanks for pointing this out, Health New Zealand!