“Our commitment is to deliver clear messages to the public, to carry on research and to monitor vaping pattern among the youth”
Since its publication, the report on the electronic cigarette published by the British Health Department Public Health England (PHE) suffered violent criticism, including in the UK. The British health department supported by 12 British public health organizations reiterated its commitment to inform smokers and health professionals on this “popular” tool for smoking cessation in a press release.
While smoking is the prime cause of prematured death in England, PHE and these 12 organizations “face their first public health responsibility” that is to inform smokers of the means that can help them in their smoking cessation efforts.
These organizations deplore that millions of people may think that vaping is at least as harmful as smoking. “It is our duty to provide reassurance for the 1.1 million e-cigarette users who have completely stopped smoking to prevent their relapse” and reaffirms that “there is no circumstance in which it is better for a smoker to continue smoking”.
Committed to provide updated information on the risk reduction measures, the English Department of Health is implementing, together with Cancer Research UK, the UK E-cigarette Research Forum honoring “its longstanding commitment to control and share updated data and provide clear messages to the public.”
Organizations reaffirm that research must continue and that the use of e-cigarettes among youth should be monitored. They emphasize e-cigarettes sales to under-18s will be banned from October and that the European tobacco directive proposes tighter restrictions on advertising e-cigarettes.
Besides the PHE, cosigner associations were:
- Action on Smoking and Health
- Association of Directors of Public Health
- British Lung Foundation
- Cancer Research UK
- Faculty of Public Health
- Fresh North East
- Public Health Action (PHA)
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal Society for Public Health
- Tobacco Free Futures
- UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies
- UK Health Forum