Professor Peter Hajek of Queen Mary University of London, states in a recent video “There is a remarkable controversy around electronic cigarettes and I think future text books will be writing about it. There is going to be books about this controversy. Some people see them as a huge potential for public health while other people are trying vigorously to get rid of them. The reason for it is a disruptive technology. It’s a bit like when digital cameras came about and they killed the film camera industry and e-cigarettes have the potential to do something similar.”
He goes on to state how it threatens huge industries such as cigarette sales, undermines medications and threatens positions in tobacco control. He believes this is the reason people are trying to undermine and get rid of e-cigarettes.
“Potentially they are revolutionary, they pose very small or maybe no health risks, they do not attract new users to nicotine so far and they have a potential to help smokers switch from something safe from something tremendously dangerous.”
Professor Peter Hajek believes that if people switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes, it would be “an enormous public health benefit”. What kills people are the chemicals found in cigarettes when burned.
Quit Smoking Support states that “over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. These cigarette ingredients include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT.”
He talks about how a lot of studies are funded by those who are against e-cigarettes, driven by vested interests in an attempt to keep people smoking. He goes on to say that besides the addictive qualities of nicotine, nicotine itself is harmless – comparing it to drinking coffee in terms of health risks.