I REFER to the article “British report gives e-cigs the thumbs-up” (Sunday Star, May 1). This decision taken by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and other authorities in Britain will have a tremendous impact here in Malaysia.
There is no doubt that switching from tobacco-smoking to e-cigarettes will reduce the incidence of lung cancer. But the leading cause of death in almost all countries is coronary heart disease and stroke, not lung cancer. Hence, e-cigarettes cannot be 95% safer than conventional cigarettes.