Public Health England's endorsement of vaping is International "game changer"

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    Public Health England commissions lengthy report: “E-cigarettes, and evidence update” that objectively assesses the scientific evidence on vapor products (in sharp contrast to fear mongering lies and bans pushed by Obama’s DHHS, Big Pharma shills, JAMA, etc.)
    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploa...ort_commissioned_by_Public_Health_England.pdf

    Public Health England report “E-cigarettes: a new foundation for evidence-based policy and practice” documents the health benefits of vaping in England, recommends new policies and practices to encourage more smokers to switch to vaping
    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploa...on_for_evidence_based_policy_and_practice.pdf

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    Safety and the perception of risks

    It is important that the public be provided with balanced information on the risks of ecigarettes, so that smokers understand the potential benefits of switching and so non-smokers understand the risks that taking up e-cigarettes might entail:

     when used as intended, e-cigarettes pose no risk of nicotine poisoning to users, but e-liquids should be in ‘childproof’ packaging. The accuracy of nicotine content labelling currently raises no major concerns

     the conclusion of Professor John Britton’s 2014 review for PHE, that while vaping may not be 100% safe, most of the chemicals causing smoking-related disease are absent and the chemicals present pose limited danger, remains valid. The current best estimate is that e-cigarette use is around 95% less harmful to health than smoking

     e-cigarettes release negligible levels of nicotine into ambient air with no identified health risks to bystanders

     over the last year, there has been an overall shift among adults and youth towards the inaccurate perception of e-cigarettes as at least as harmful as cigarettes


    Implications of the evidence for policy and practice
    Based on the findings of the evidence review PHE also advises that:

     e-cigarettes have the potential to help smokers quit smoking, and the evidence indicates they carry a fraction of the risk of smoking cigarettes but are not risk free

     e-cigarettes potentially offer a wide reach, low-cost intervention to reduce smoking in more deprived groups in society where smoking is elevated, and we want to see this potential fully realised

     there is an opportunity for e-cigarettes to help tackle the high smoking rates among people with mental health problems, particularly in the context of creating smokefree mental health units  the potential of e-cigarettes to help improve public health depends on the extent to which they can act as a route out of smoking for the country’s eight million tobacco users, without providing a route into smoking for children and non-smokers. Appropriate and proportionate regulation is essential if this goal is to be achieved E-cigarettes: a new foundation for evidence-based policy and practice

     local stop smoking services provide smokers with the best chance of quitting successfully and we want to see them engaging actively with smokers who want to quit with the help of e-cigarettes

     we want to see all health and social care professionals providing accurate advice on the relative risks of smoking and e-cigarette use, and providing effective referral routes into stop smoking services

     the best thing smokers can do for their health is to quit smoking completely and to quit for good. PHE is committed to ensure that smokers have a range of evidence-based, effective tools to help them to quit. We encourage smokers who want to use e-cigarettes as an aid to quit smoking to seek the support of local stop smoking services

     given the potential benefits as quitting aids, PHE looks forward to the arrival on the market of a choice of medicinally regulated products that can be made available to smokers by the NHS on prescription. This will provide assurance on the safety, quality and effectiveness to consumers who want to use these products as quitting aids

     the latest evidence will be considered in the development of the next Tobacco Control Plan for England with a view to maximising the potential of e-cigarettes as a route out of smoking and minimising the risk of their acting as a route into smoking


    Public Health England says “E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes,” but provides no evidence e-cigs pose 5% of cigarette risks. Says “When supported by a smoking cessation service, they help most smokers to quit tobacco altogether,” but provides no evidence cessation services assist smokers switch to vaping.
    E-cigarettes: an evidence update - Publications - GOV.UK


    ASH UK: Latest data finds no evidence that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking for young people
    http://www.ash.org.uk/media-room/pr...tes-are-a-gateway-to-smoking-for-young-people
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0033350615002693
    Fears e-cigarettes lead children to smoke tobacco are unfounded, survey suggests - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent
    E-cigarettes are NOT encouraging young people to smoke, Ash reveals | This is Money
    E-cigarette use rising among British youths, campaign group study shows | Society | The Guardian
    Young people are 'vaping' more and smoking less. We're still trying to work out why. | Irish Examiner

    ASH UK fact sheet on the use of electronic cigarettes among children in Great Britain
    http://ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_959.pdf

    Commentaries on PHE’s endorsement of vaping

    Clive Bates: Public Health England says truthful realistic things about e-cigarettes
    Public Health England says truthful realistic things about e-cigarettes « The counterfactual

    Matt Ridley: This absurd U-turn on e-cigarettes was so easily avoided
    This absurd U-turn on e-cigarettes was so easily avoided | The Times

    Talking Politics: Anti-vaping campaigners are a threat to public health
    Anti-vaping campaigners are a threat to public health | Talking Politics - Yahoo News UK

    News stories highlighting PHE’s endorsement of vaping (among >100 news stories)

    Vaping: e-cigarettes safer than smoking, says Public Health England
    Vaping: e-cigarettes safer than smoking, says Public Health England | Society | The Guardian

    E-cigarettes could be prescribed by NHS to help smokers quit, report says
    E-cigarettes could be prescribed by the NHS to help smokers quit, report says - BBC News

    Make e-cigarettes available on the NHS say government health officials
    Make e-cigarettes available on NHS, say Government health officials - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent

    British smokers urged to start vaping by health officials
    British smokers urged to start vaping by health officials - Telegraph

    Expert review backs positive potential of e-cigarettes
    Expert review backs positive potential of e-cigarettes | News | Nursing Times

    Give e-cigarettes out for FREE on the NHS help smokers quit, say health chiefs: Devices are 95% safer than cigarettes and could save 76,000 lives every year
    NHS should give out free e-cigarettes says Public Health England | Daily Mail Online

    Study: E-cigarettes are 95% safer than tobacco
    Study: E-cigarettes Are 95% Safer Than Tobacco | The Daily Caller

    UK study endorses ‘game-changing’ e-cigarettes for first time
    UK study endorses 'game-changing' e-cigarettes for first time | Reuters

    E-cigarettes should be prescribed on NHS by doctors
    E-cigarettes should be prescribed to smokers on NHS: study - Yahoo News

    E-cigarettes 95% safer than tobacco, say UK health officials
    E-cigarettes 95% safer than tobacco, say UK health officials

    In Wales, E-cigarettes are treated like sticks of poison. In England they might available on the NHS. Figure that out.
    In Wales, E-cigs are treated like sticks of poison. In England they might be available on the NHS. Figure that out. - David James - Wales Online

    E-cigarette restrictions in Wales ‘not backed by evidence’
    E-cigarette restrictions in Wales 'not backed by evidence' - BBC News

    E-cigarettes: English health bosses want to prescribe them on the NHS. But what about Wales?
    E-cigarettes: English health bosses want to prescribe them on the NHS. But what about Wales?
    | Wales - ITV News


    Cancer charity calls for Welsh Government U-turn on e-cigs
    Cancer charity calls for Welsh Government U-turn on e-cigs | Wales - ITV News

    UK plans to prescribe e-cigarettes to help smokers quit
    UK plans to prescribe e-cigarettes to help smokers quit - The Times of India

    E-cigarettes ‘should be prescribed’
    Cookies must be enabled. | The Australian
     
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