David Abrams, PhD, a Johns Hopkins clinical psychologist specialising in health psychology, addictions, and tobacco-use behaviour who describes himself as a harm reductionist, has argued that as an alternative method of receiving nicotine, e-cigarettes are paving the way for saving lives by supporting smokers switching from traditional cigarettes.
Discussing the premise“E-cigarettes are nicotine-delivery products that are becoming extraordinarily popular, particularly among young adults. The current debate in public health is whether e-cigarettes will replace tobacco cigarettes and thereby improve health, or re-normalize smoking, which would be a public health disaster” at a conference held at Stanford Health Policy Forum, under the title E-Cigarettes: A Threat or an Opportunity for Public Health?
David Abrams, PhD, who is a highly respected health official, offered some very interesting insight during the debate, which covered a wide range of views, both positive and negative.
During the debate Abrams explained:
“I do think the evidence is very solid that they are dramatically less harmful than cigarettes…because they absolutely have very low, almost undetectable levels or trace amounts of the top eight carcinogens that are found in cigarettes and they have no carbon monoxide,”
Continuing, "I think the evidence is very solid that they e-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes."
This ties in with the recently published research into the health effects of e-cigarettes conducted by Public Health England (PHE) which led the health body to claim that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes.