British Authority Comes Down on the Side of E-Cigarettes
As British officials consider whether to extend bans on public smoking to the use of electronic cigarettes, a noted UK authority has cast his lot in favor of ecigs.
Professor John Britton is the head of the tobacco advisory group for the British Royal College of Physicians. And he tells the BBC that “Nicotine itself is not a particularly hazardous drug. It’s something on a par with the effects you get from caffeine.”
Professor Britton goes on to say that, in his view, if all smokers in Great Britain gave up tobacco cigarettes and took up e-cigarettes, it would save five million lives. In his words, the use of e-cigs is “a massive potential public health prize.”
A decision on whether to tighten regulations on the use of electronic cigarettes in Britain is expected within the next month.