Because there are concerns over the quality of some of the ecigs on sale today in the UK, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency will regulate e-cigarettes as medicines from 2016. This regulator has said “levels of contamination” have been found in some products and others have been poorly manufactured.
However, there is a consensus that they are certainly less harmful than smoking tobacco, which is responsible for 100,000 deaths a year in the UK.
We recommend this BBC Radio 4 programme from July 2014 which gives a good summary of all the available information about ecigs & health when asking are e cigarettes safe:
Electronic cigarettes – miracle or menace?
E-cigarettes are making tobacco obsolete. So why ban them?
Dr Hilary Jones on You Tube