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Created in 2013, Public Health England (PHE) was an executive agency of the UK’s Department of Health. Its objective was simple: to protect and improve the health and well-being of the nation, and to reduce inequalities in healthcare.

To achieve this, the agency was tasked with:

  • Making the lives of the country’s inhabitants healthier, notably by advising the government and supporting its campaigns and measures.
  • Protecting the nation from public health risks.
  • Preparing for and responding to public health emergencies.
  • Improving the health of the population by sharing its experience and expertise.
  • Helping the authorities to plan and deliver healthcare and social services.
  • Researching, collecting and analysing data to better understand public health challenges.

When it came to e-cigarettes, PHE distinguished itself specifically by commissioning a range of scientific reports on the risks involved in vaping. These reports had a direct impact on the British government’s stance on the subject, which remains that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking.

In August 2020, Public Health England was merged with the NHS Test and Trace scheme and the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC) to form a new body under one banner, called the National Institute for Health Protection (NIHP).

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The fact that the UK government is so open to vaping today is largely due to the work Public Health England started in 2015.

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