The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) says that using nicotine in safer products like vaping is no more dangerous than having a caffeine addiction. In making the comparison, it issued a call to address public confusion about nicotine and further encouragement for smokers to switch to using safer forms such as electronic cigarettes.
The Consumer Choice Center (1) and the World Vaper’s Alliance (2) have reiterated that vaping is “proven to be 95% less harmful than smoking” in a document that addresses the subject of “The Gateway Myth” (3). It makes for a compelling read that covers almost all of what we currently know about the use of electronic cigarettes.
How much e-liquid is the equivalent of one cigarette? Find a simple, understandable answer here.
Public Health England (PHE) has recently published the seventh report in a series of independent reports commissioned to explore the implications of vaping, as reported in our blog post. The aim has been to explore all evidence regarding vaping products and their use. The latest evidence review was conducted by researchers at King’s College London. The resulting report will inform policies and regulations in the UK moving forward.
Sometimes it is hard to see the wood for the trees when so many media outlets are quoting supposed experts. Here we present factual comments from reliable sources from around the globe. Independent experts all agree that nicotine vaping is safer than smoking, works as a smoking cessation tool and appreciate that nicotine does not cause cancer.
Denmark and the Netherlands are currently leading a charge to ban eliquid flavours in Europe. At home, some organisations like Action on Smoking and Health think we should be limiting choice to tobacco flavour only. We look to see if there is any evidence to support the argument to allow vapers to have a choice of what flavours they vape.
A research team including Lynne Dawkins, Linda Bauld, Peter Hajek, and Sharon Cox (among others) has conducted a feasibility trial to assess the potential to engage with people accessing homeless services to support smoking cessation. They found that vaping vastly improved outcomes compared to the usual care offered.
“People smoke for nicotine, but they die from the tar,” Michael Russell, father of the theory of tobacco harm reduction, once said [link]. The inventor of nicotine gum hit the nail on the head, but nicotine continues to receive a rather bad press. So, what do we really know about nicotine?
The Scottish Grocers’ Federation held a discussion to investigate the role vaping can play in reducing tobacco harm in Scotland and how it can help the nation achieve its 2034 Smoke-Free target. Experts agreed that although the situation is good, Scotland can still make better use of the opportunities presented by smokers switching from tobacco use to vaping.
The pandemic has closed brick and mortar stores and had vapers shut away in their homes. A recent survey says the events during 2020 has changed how many people use nicotine. It hasn’t just changed vaping habits as Action on Smoking and Health says a million people have stopped smoking during the COVID-19 outbreak with a number becoming vapers.