A number of national newspapers have carried scare stories about the impact of vaping on male fertility. The media hysteria results from a press release issued on behalf of the British Fertility Society and claims to have research evidence to support the warning that vaping can harm male fertility. Should you be worried?
Quitting smoking is a resolution made by many smokers every New Year, but it proves to be too difficult for many. This year’s NHS “Better Health Smoke Free” campaign aims to help tens of thousands to achieve their goal through encouraging them to switch to vaping.
There have been a number of studies showing vaping works as a smoking quit tool for people who have chosen to switch to vaping. Now, Co-Chief Investigators Professor Caitlin Notley and Dr Ian Pope are looking to see if offering starter kits to people not considering stopping smoking works. Announced last year, the actual trial is now being rolled out in selected NHS emergency departments.
Some people are currently claiming that vaping damages human DNA and can cause cancer, but what does the evidence show? Dr Caitlin Notley and Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos, both leading experts in this field, have looked at the research and spoken out against such false statements.
Michael Pesko is a health economist and Associate Professor at Georgia State University. He is an acknowledged expert on vaping due to his research interests including electronic cigarettes, tobacco control, and cancer prevention. He’s spoken about attitudes to electronic cigarettes in a forthright manner.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has released updated advice for the National Health Service and quit smoking centres on the use of ecigs. The document has been welcomed by Louise Ross as “a welcome breath of fresh air”; Louise used to run Leicester’s quit smoking service and now holds the reigns at the charity The New Nicotine Alliance. She is widely acknowledged as being one of the country’s leading experts in the use of ecigs to quit smoking.
It is often used as an argument against liberating the vape market, but do electronic cigarettes inevitably lead teens into subsequent smoking (commonly known as the gateway effect)? Latest research conducted by Doctors Ruoyan Sun, David Mendez, and Kenneth Warner says it doesn’t result in young people taking up cigarette use.
Smoking has a huge environmental impact; from the single use plastics to the toxic heavy metals leaching into the soil, there is no end to the damage tobacco causes. Switching to vaping is known to improve your health, as stated by researchers at University College London, but it is also a far more environmentally friendly way to consume nicotine.
The UK has a policy of supporting smokers to switch to vaping, but many smokers mistakenly worry that electronic cigarettes are as bad as or worse than smoking tobacco. Some recent media stories suggest that vaping poses a cancer risk. Are vapes dangerous to your health?
Electronic cigarettes and vaping in the UK have been delivered a massive boost with the news that the Government is encouraging manufacturers to apply for medical licensing. This means e-cig starter kits could be made available by prescription from doctors and reinforces that vaping works as a smoking cessation tool.