Vaping Demystified

Are misconceptions about vaping harming our greatest opportunity to help reduce Yorkshire’s leading cause of early death?

Through research and interviews with experts, we explore the truth about vaping and whether misconceptions are preventing us from reducing the largest preventable cause of cancer in Yorkshire.

This short investigative film tackles the myths and misconceptions surrounding vaping and provides smokers with the information needed to make an informed decision about using vape products.

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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.

The truth about vaping

Vaping products are often portrayed in a negative way, and this has led to confusion and a common misperception that vaping is as harmful as smoking tobacco.

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Advice and information for smokers

No matter what age you decide to quit or how long you’ve been smoking, it is never too late to stop. Vaping products might help you quit for good.

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"After a year of stopping smoking, I felt better in myself. I didn't feel out of breath all the time, I just felt alive."

Mike Sugden, an ex-smoker, tells us about his experience of using vaping products to stop smoking, and the benefit it's had on his health.

Mike's story

Our position on vaping

Find out more about the evidence to date on vaping products and Yorkshire Cancer Research's position on their use.


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Vaping Demystified FAQs

Find out more about our investigative film, how it was produced, and the researchers and experts that took part.

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