IBVTA Trade Body Says Vaping Saves Lives
Vapekit is a proud member of the Independent British Vape Trade Association, an organisation responsible for “providing a united voice for all independent, responsible, and ethical vape businesses in the UK”. It has published facts from the overwhelming majority of credible medical and scientific researchers demonstrating that electronic cigarettes
The Independent British Vape Trade Association was recently name-checked by the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care. Responding to a question in the House of Commons regarding the World Health Organization’s forthcoming Ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Maggie Throup MP told politicians that the Department of Health “meets with the Independent British Vape Trade Association to discuss a range of policy and regulatory issues.”
The comment highlighted how vital the trade body is, not just in representing its members but being the conduit of factual information to the people who make the laws that govern e-cigs. This is essential considering, as the Independent British Vape Trade Association says, “the occasional barrage of newspaper headlines” delivering negativity and perpetuating misinformation.
The message the Independent British Vape Trade Association is delivering to Parliament and the public states:
- Vaping is much, much safer than smoking
- Vaping is the most effective aid to quitting smoking ever known
- E-liquid flavours are important to vapers
- Vaping is not a gateway to smoking for young people
Moreover, it backs up the statements with referenced independent evidence. This carries weight because all the members of the Independent British Vape Trade Association are “entirely free of any ownership or control by the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries”.
Regarding safety, the Independent British Vape Trade Association firstly points to the seminal Vaping in England: an evidence update February 2019 by Public Health England, which reconfirmed the harm reduction potential of vaping. Public Health England stated that stop smoking services should encourage electronic cigarette use to all smokers.
To support the statement “Vaping has been found to help more smokers to quit than any medical intervention,” the Independent British Vape Trade Association references the ground-breaking study conducted by Peter Hajek. This found: “E-cigarettes were more effective for smoking cessation than nicotine-replacement therapy, when both products were accompanied by behavioural support.”
Pressure for the Government to restrict e-liquid flavours has been increasing recently, and the World Health Organization is set to demand all politicians move to ban them next month. The Independent British Vape Trade Association says: “vape businesses do not manufacture and market flavoured e-liquids to make vaping more attractive to young people, but to make vaping attractive to adult smokers.”
Finally, the Independent British Vape Trade Association cite a study from University College London that debunks the notion there is an “epidemic” of teen vaping in the United States.
The association states: “Some young people experiment with vaping occasionally, but long-term regular use is almost entirely confined to those that had already taken up smoking. If there is a gateway, it is leading young people away from tobacco consumption, rather than towards it.”