LONDON — Electronic cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco and aren’t a route into smoking for young people, despite a rising public perception that they are just as bad as cigarettes, a new British review of their use says.

The study, published Wednesday, by Public Health England, which is an agency of Department of Health, was glowing in its endorsement of e-cigarettes and seemingly contradicts the findings of a U.S. study published a day earlier.

The British report recommended that vaping shouldn’t be routinely treated in the same way as cigarette smoking. It also goes as far as saying that it: “looks forward to the arrival on the market of a choice of medicinally regulated products that can be made available to smokers by the NHS on prescription.” Read more…

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