Chris Ricketts, tobacco control lead for Public
Today, Public Health England have fed back
on an independent review, which they commissioned,
into the use of e-cigarettes.
We’re pleased to see that the review came
back in a positive way and that e-cigarettes,
according to their figures, are 95 per cent
less harmful than smoking tobacco.
What we’ve seen over recent years is the
public who smoke overwhelmingly adopting e-cigarettes
as a means of quitting
and so this today is an announcement that
says the public have got this right.
We’ve seen the prevalence of smoking continue
to come down year on year.
We’re seeing fewer and fewer young people
starting to smoke, which is really important.
And really we just want to assign smoking
to the past.
It’s a twentieth-century phenomenon and
we want to move on in this century without
hundreds of thousands of people dying from
and the huge impact that has on our lives
and our communities.
In Dorset, we’re looking to recommission
our services to support people in quitting
and to ensure we’re able to provide that
one-to-one support and advice to people who
are looking to quit and using e-cigarettes
to do that.
We would suggest that you get in touch with
LiveWell Dorset, which is a newly-established
service, to try and get that support.