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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.

UK Vape Association Commends PHE’s Latest E-Cig Report

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In light of the latest review published by the PHE, the UKVIA is calling for an end on publishing misinformation about vaping. “Vaping in...

UK Vape Shop Delivers Free E-Liquids to Seniors and 50% Off...

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In the UK, health entities including Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS have openly endorsed the use of vaping products for smoking cessation...

The IBVTA’s COVID-19 Advice For The UK Independent Vape Industry

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The IBVTA is the only trade association in the UK focused on the independent vape industry, which by definition (being independent of affiliations with...

NZ Vape Association Urges Lawmakers to Follow the UK’s Example

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The latest review published by the PHE: “Vaping in England: 2020 Evidence Update Summary” is pointing out that “false fears” about vaping are preventing...

UK Survey Indicates That Opinions About E-Cigs Remain Skewed

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While panic and concern about vaping keeps spreading across the US due to the EVALI outbreak and concerns about teen vaping, British medical and...

VAPRIL 2020: The Third Edition of the Educational Vape Campaign Launches...

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Now in its third year, VApril is now firmly established as the world’s largest pro-vaping campaign, and is strongly supported by health entities such...

Coronavirus and Vaping: Can Exhaled Vapour Transmit the Virus? 

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“Public Health England’s 2018 independent evidence review found that to date, there have been no identified health risks of passive vaping to bystanders,” said...

UK: Devon’s Largest Hospital to Allow Vaping 

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Derriford Hospital had banned all forms of smoking from its premises in 2016. Yet in line with suggestions by Public Health England (PHE) which...

NNA Response to Misguided Claims About E-Cigs by Paediatricians

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The letter linked nicotine-e-cigs to the “vaping-related chest disease and deaths in America,” but the latest CDC report has confirmed that the condition was...

UK Government Cancels Stop Smoking Campaign Due to Budget Cuts

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While UK smoking rates are also declining thanks to the introduction of plain packaging, tax increases, and increasing vaping rates, the British Lung Foundation...