On the controversial subject of whether e-cigs are better than tobacco, one major health org has made up its mind.
After studying all the evidence available, government org Public Health England (PHE) has declared that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco cigs, and—with support—can help smokers quit tobacco entirely.
The statement did stir up some controversy: Soon after it came out, The Lancet medical journal issued a “hang on there a second...” warning that more hard evidence was needed. But PHE stood firm, noting that, though e-cigs aren’t 100% safe (and what is?), they are free of most chemicals linked to smoking-related diseases, and the chemicals they do have pose limited danger.
But maybe you’re still looking for a good reason to quit? If so, BMJ Open just reported that smokers have much more belly fat than non-smokers—a bad sign, as a ballooning waist can mean an ambulance ride just waiting to happen.
The Grim Reaper collects cigarette butts—and the idiots who smoked them—so think about ditching them now.