e cig safety 13/12/2017

Canadian Clinical Trial: Can e-cigs help homeless smokers quit?

A new trial is being launched to uncover whether providing e-cigarettes to homeless people will push them to quit smoking. Dr Smita Pakhale will carry out a clinical trial in Ottawa, Canada, to discover if e-cigarettes are an effective tool to help marginalized groups such as the homeless, quit smoking. 200 homeless people from Ottawa and Toronto will be randomly selected to take part in the controlled trial, which is funded by a $100,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, The participants in the trail will be split... Read More


Italian study confirms no health concerns in medium term e-cigarette users

Renowned tobacco harm reduction expert, Professor Riccardo Polosa, has led a study into the impact of medium term e-cigarette use. The team found that there were no health concerns associated with medium term usage of electronic cigarettes in non-smokers. The study was published in the Journal Scientific Reports last month and consisted of a 3.5 year observational study of a group of nine daily vapers who have never smoked, and a reference group of twelve non-smoker who do not vape. Polosa’s team monitored blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung... Read More


Health bodies and charities call for vaping to be part of support for smokers with mental health conditions

The Mental Health & Smoking partnership has called for more to be done to help smokers with mental health conditions quit. The group has also encouraged increased accessibility to e-cigarettes and other smoking cessation products. In the recent Statement on Electronic Cigarettes, the Mental Health & Smoking Partnership stressed that smoking still remains “part of the culture in too many mental health settings”. Co-chair of the partnership, Professor Ann McNeill highlighted the fact that people with a mental health condition are more than twice as likely to smoke as the... Read More


New York Indoor Vaping Ban Highlights Divide Between Researchers

New York is the 11th state to announce a ban on indoor vaping, reflecting the US focus on e-cigs being harmful rather than a cessation tool. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill prohibiting vaping in workplaces, bars and restaurants in the state of New York. This is the 11th US state to ban e-cigarettes indoors and highlights the growing divide between researchers in the US and the UK. Public Health England announced that e-cigarettes could be 95% less harmful than tobacco, whilst the UK’s Royal College of Physicians found... Read More


UK Youth Smoking Numbers at a Record Low

An annual survey of secondary school pupils in England indicates that the number of adolescent smokers has hit a record low. The results from the annual Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England – 2016  have been revealed this month. The survey has been undertaken annually since 1982 and surveys secondary school students in England in years 7-11. Of the 12,051pupils in the 2016 survey, one in five (19%) said that they had ever smoked. In this section half had only tried smoking and the remaining half... Read More


Stoptober campaign sees 29% increase in sales of vaping kits

The 2017 Stoptober campaign has led to a 29% increase in the sale of vaping kits, leading to calls for the government encouraged engagement to continue. Thanks to the NHS backing e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid, sales of vape kits have increased by 29%. Vaping was featured prominently throughout the Stoptober campaign, both on the official Stoptober website and in the TV advertisements. The use of e-cigarettes has been promoted as a less harmful option than traditional tobacco, used within the Stoptober campaign as a way to phase out... Read More


Stoptober campaign backs e-Cigs for the first time

For the first time, the annual Stoptober campaign in England has backed e-cigarettes as a key way to get people to quit smoking. In the past, health experts have avoided explicitly promoting e-cigarettes as a cessation tool, but now the campaign will feature vaping in Tv adverts for the first time. Although e-cigarettes are not yet officially prescribed on the NHS, health professionals are encouraged to advise smokers to use them as an alternative to smoking. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released new draft guidance... Read More


Cancer Research UK study shows most young vapers don’t become regular users

A recent study part-funded by Cancer Research UK shows that the majority of e-cigarette experimentation among young people does not lead to regular use. Cancer Research UK created 5 surveys that questioned more than 60,000 young people aged 11-16. The study is a collaboration between Cancer Research UK, the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, Public Health England, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), and the DECIPHer Centre at the University of Cardiff. Lead Author of the study, Professor Linda Bauld, from the University of Stirling stated: “Our study... Read More

young woman vaping 19/07/2017

Vaping is a £1bn business

10 years after the introduction of the smoking ban, the vaping industry is now a rapidly growing business, on course to exceed £2bn by 2020. UK sales of vaping products surged by 50% in 2016, reaching £1 billion. It’s been ten years since the laws came into effect banning smoking enclosed public places in England. With 1.9 million fewer smokers in the Britain since the ban was introduced people are turning to vaping, with nearly 3 million people now using e-cigarettes. Shane MacGuill, tobacco analyst at Euromonitor stated “More and... Read More

no smoking sign 11/07/2017

Spanish study confirms e-cigarettes are an effective stop smoking tool

Data obtained from a recent Spanish study shows e-cigarettes are an effective harm reduction tool for smoking cessation. Spanish vapers association, Anesvap, has released data that backs up the results of countless previous studies. The main findings from the research highlights that smoking does not act as a smoking gateway for young people, it is also not as addictive as traditional cigarettes and helps to dramatically reduce smoking rates. 99.6% of vapers in Spain are adults, with an average age of 35. Of these vapers, 79% are female and 20%... Read More