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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.

Expert Discusses Study Disputing the “95% Safer” Estimates Linked to E-Cigs 

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In a 2018 press release, the PHE had released findings from an e-cigarette review that was conducted by leading independent tobacco experts. This release...

Public Health Expert: Vape Bans Reverse Smoking Cessation Success

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An adjunct professor in the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Ottawa, Sweanor has been at the forefront of...

The CDC Warns That Juul’s Nicotine Salts Are Particularly Addictive

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Last month, the CDC’s Principal Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat told the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s panel on consumer products, that the nicotine...

UK Report: Most Vapers Are Former Smokers

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"It's important that all vapers stop smoking completely, as otherwise they are still exposing themselves to the serious risks of disease and disability caused...

EU Organization Criticises UK For Endorsing Flavoured E-Cigs 

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Last January, Public Health England (PHE), the UK health organization renowned for its progressive stance in relation to harm reduction, has released footage from...

Public Health England Reassures Vapers Following US Health Scares

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“Our advice on e-cigarettes remains unchanged - vaping isn’t completely risk free but is far less harmful than smoking tobacco. There is no situation...

Massachusetts May Temporarily Ban E-Cigarette Sales

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"I'm officially declaring a public health emergency in the Commonwealth due to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and marijuana-infused vaping...

America’s New Nicotine Prohibition

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I'm at a lost for words. If you are reading this, you have likely heard the news that President Donald Trump is planning to...

UK: Vaping Association Urges Employment Organization to Revise Vaping Guidelines

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The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on employment laws and all aspects...

Public Health Expert: E-Cig Bans Undermine Anti-Smoking Efforts

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E-cig bans and restrictions are spreading like wildfire across the United States. Last month, San Francisco banned the sale of vaping products, and public...