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A cross-party group of MPs and members of the House of Lords have released the report, ‘State of the Vaping Nation’ at a reception in the Houses of Parliament which took place yesterday on the 20th of November. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for e-cigarettes, was formed with the aim of exploring the right regulatory approach to adopt towards vaping products, whilst increasing knowledge and understanding of the products amongst peers.

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In what is the first report published by the group, the parliamentarians referred to the research available in favour of e-cigarettes whilst emphasizing that there is a consensus amongst several health groups such Public Health England (PHE), and Cancer Research UK (CRUK), that vaping products are significantly safer than regular cigarettes. The report added that despite this, unfortunately there is a widespread impression amongst the public that the devices are as harmful as combustible cigarettes.

 

“The positive public health message regarding vaping has up to now been failing to get across to the UK’s remaining 7.6 million smokers. The Public Health England campaign was a welcome change and has had an obvious effect, but it needs to be sustained, not just a one off, “ said Chairman of the group, Rugby MP Mark Pawsey.

“That’s why today we are calling upon the government to ensure such campaigns become the norm, not an exception, so that the UK can fully exploit the public health potential of vaping. Without these campaigns the current mixed messages surrounding vaping will continue and create a confusing picture,” he added.

“The positive public health message regarding vaping has up to now been failing to get across to the UK’s remaining 7.6 million smokers. The Public Health England campaign was a welcome change and has had an obvious effect, but it needs to be sustained, not just a one off.”MP Mark Pawsey, Chairman, APPG

Norman Lamb MP, Chairman of the Science and Technology Select Committee, which is currently conducting research about the relative health potential of vaping, also spoke at the reception, “I was horrified when the EU went down the route of health regulation [of vaping products]…I thought it was a complete own goal.”

Earlier this month, Vice-Chair of the APPG, Gareth Johnson, led a debate pertaining to the topic in the House of Commons, urging lawmakers to take advantage of the success that Stoptober had this year, and launch a year round campaign to keep promoting vaping as a smoking cessation or harm reduction tool.

Smokers wanting to switch should not face “unnecessary hurdles”

“Smokers who want to switch to vaping should not be faced with unnecessary hurdles that may hinder their transition. For example, arbitrary restrictions on liquid strengths and e-liquid bottle sizes, and advertising bans akin to those for tobacco products make little or no sense from a public health perspective.”John Dunne, UKVIA

In a press release about yesterday’s event, the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), said “members of the vaping industry also gave evidence in Parliament, explaining the restrictions placed on them, despite the impact they know it has on helping smokers to quit.” A member of the association who was present at the reception, John Dunne, added “Smokers who want to switch to vaping should not be faced with unnecessary hurdles that may hinder their transition. For example, arbitrary restrictions on liquid strengths and e-liquid bottle sizes, and advertising bans akin to those for tobacco products make little or no sense from a public health perspective.”

  • Colin Ellis

    It seems like the UK is moving in the right direction unlike the EU which it appears has seen an oppertunity to increase revenue by trying to control Vape products. Personally I have been smoke free for about 8 years having smoked since I was about 12 or 13 years old. Previously I had tried just about everything to give up tobacco, patches, inhaler, those tablets, cold Turkey, sweets, gum and the tabs you put under your tongue. Vaping was very new when I decided to try it and it pretty much worked straight away and has continued to do so. I can probably count how many “real cigarettes” I have had in the last 8 years on both hands and I can’t stand the taste or smell of them any longer. Nowadays I mix my own “juice” make my own coils and have very little nicotine content but people who start out and make the change need higher strength to get them started. There are a lot of people out there who I would class as “experts” on E cigs and vape products, how people use them and what things would help and the government would be well advised to talk to some of them as well as Health professionals and manufacturers/businesses involved in this market.

  • Peter Hill

    We quit smoking cigarettes almost 15 years ago. It had been difficult but I just kept telling myself We will never light or smoke the next smoke. We tried all kinds of things in the number of attempts I made before success. We was so sick of smoking, We was coughing my head down one early morning and I did not ( could not) smoke all day.

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