Micheal Mosley from the BBC’s“Trust Me, I’m a Doctor” Series Investigates e-cigarettes
The BBC is currently airing a series in the UK, “Trust Me, I’m a Doctor” which investigates commonly posed questions about health. In a recent episode Michael Mosley set out to cut through the controversy and find out if are eCigarettes are really safe.
The show discusses how electronic cigarettes work compared to smoking. Michael tests a group (note: a small test group) of traditional cigarette smokers to a group who use electronic cigarettes and the affects on them by taking saliva, urine and breath samples to measure and analyse the chemicals in their bodies.
In summary, the test results showed similar nicotine doses for both smokers and people using the eCigarettes however, the electronic cigarette users had significantly lower levels of harmful chemicals than smokers, levels that were found in non-smokers, posing that eCigarettes could be less harmful than cigarettes.
Michael Mosely also interviewed Professor Peter Hajek, the director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London who said that he believes “e-cigarettes, used as an aid to stop smoking, have the potential to eradicate smoking-related disease and death on the population scale”
Watch the video on the BBC's YouTube channel. Note, if you fast track 14.40 minutes into the video, this is where you will find the segment on electronic cigarettes.
Read the BBC story here.
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