Smoking vs Vaping, VPZ UK

"Are misconceptions about vaping harming our greatest opportunity to help reduce the leading cause of early death?" - Yorkshire Cancer Research

Through research and interviews with experts, Yorkshire Cancer Research have explored the truth about vaping and whether misconceptions are preventing them from reducing the largest preventable cause of cancer.

Check out this short investigative film which tackles the myths and misconceptions surrounding vaping and hopefully provides any smokers out there with the information needed to make an informed decision about using vape products.

Key facts*

  • Smoking is Yorkshire’s leading cause of preventable cancer and is responsible for over 4500 new cases each year. 
  • Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals, of which 69 are known to cause cancer.
  • 1 in 2 long-term smokers will die prematurely if they don’t quit.
  • It is never too late to stop smoking. Quitting at any age can lengthen and improve quality of life, even for those with a smoking-related illness. 
  • The evidence is clear that vaping is far less harmful than smoking. Switching completely can improve the health of smokers substantially, compared to continuing to smoke.
  • Vapour does not cause harm to others around you. This is in contrast to secondhand smoke from smoking, which is very harmful to the health of others.
  • Vaping products are the most popular stop smoking aid in England. We have estimated that there are up to 5000 additional quitters a year in Yorkshire because of them. 
  • Vaping products are not completely risk-free. Non-smokers should therefore not start vaping.

Cancers Linked to Smoking

  • Head and neck
  • Lung
  • Bladder
  • Oesophagus
  • Liver
  • Stomach
  • Pancreas
  • Kidney
  • Ovary
  • Bowel
  • Cervix
  • Leukaemia

According to Public Health England, vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking.

More recent Public Health England research states that Vaping is better than nicotine replacement therapy for quitting smoking. Find out more in our recent blog here


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If you're still looking for more information on the benefits of quitting smoking or information on the facts about vaping- keep reading and find out more from Public Health England, King's College London and Cancer Research below...

The comprehensive review of recent evidence finds that almost all of the 2.6 million adults using e-cigarettes in Great Britain are current or ex-smokers, most of whom are using the devices to help them quit smoking or to prevent them going back to cigarettes.

However, the review raises concerns that increasing numbers of people think e-cigarettes are equally or more harmful than smoking (22.1% in 2015, up from 8.1% in 2013: ASH Smokefree GB survey) or don’t know (22.7% in 2015, ASH Smokefree GB survey).

Despite this trend all current evidence finds that e-cigarettes carry a fraction of the risk of smoking.

Emerging evidence suggests some of the highest successful quit rates are now seen among smokers who use an e-cigarette and also receive additional support from their local stop smoking services.

Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England said:

"Smoking remains England’s number one killer and the best thing a smoker can do is to quit completely, now and forever.

E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm. The problem is people increasingly think they are at least as harmful and this may be keeping millions of smokers from quitting. Local stop smoking services should look to support e-cigarette users in their journey to quitting completely."

Professor Ann McNeill, King’s College London and independent author of the review, said:

"There is no evidence that e-cigarettes are undermining England’s falling smoking rates. Instead the evidence consistently finds that e-cigarettes are another tool for stopping smoking and in my view smokers should try vaping and vapers should stop smoking entirely.

E-cigarettes could be a game changer in public health in particular by reducing the enormous health inequalities caused by smoking."

Professor Peter Hajek, Queen Mary University London and independent author of the review said:

"My reading of the evidence is that smokers who switch to vaping remove almost all the risks smoking poses to their health. Smokers differ in their needs and I would advise them not to give up on e-cigarettes if they do not like the first one they try. It may take some experimentation with different products and e-liquids to find the right one."

Professor Linda Bauld, Cancer Research UK’s expert in cancer prevention, said:

"Fears that e-cigarettes have made smoking seem normal again or even led to people taking up tobacco smoking are not so far being realised based on the evidence assessed by this important independent review. In fact, the overall evidence points to e-cigarettes actually helping people to give up smoking tobacco."