It’s been all over the news today that a report released by MPs states that rules around e-cigarettes should be relaxed, making them more sociably acceptable so they can be more widely used. The report also calls for the government to allow the use of e-cigarettes on buses and trains where they have, to date, been banned.

Meanwhile, another report released states that vaping may not be as safe as we originally thought. Researchers at the University of Birmingham found that e-cig vapour disabled important immune cells in the lung and boosted inflammation. The small experimental study, led by Prof David Thickett has been published online in the journal Thorax.

Prof Thickett said “While e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, they may still be harmful in the long term as research is in its infancy. In terms of cancer causing molecules in cigarette smoke, as opposed to vapour, there are certainly reduced numbers of carcinogens.”

Martin Dockrell, Tobacco Control Lead at Public Health England, said “E-cigarettes are not 100% risk-free but they are clearly much less harmful than smoking. Any smoker considering e-cigarettes should switch completely without delay.”

On the 20th May 2017 new regulations were introduced under the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which ensure:

  • Minimum standards for the safety and quality of all e-cigarettes and refill containers.
  • That information is provided to consumers so they can make informed choices.
  • An environment that protects children from starting to use the products.

So, while the jury is still out on the overall long-term safety issues of vaping, the general consensus is that vaping is considerably safer. An independent review of the latest evidence published by Public Health England says vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking. All of this is great news for the UK’s estimated 2.9 million vapers. It is estimated that around 470,000 of these use vaping as an aide in breaking a smoking habit with the ultimate goal being to quit both smoking and vaping altogether. Some reports say tens of thousands are already using vapes to succeed in this goal.

Our advice? Bin the fags! If the current research is correct you’re 95% better off with an e-cig and a lot more likely to give it up completely. Just make sure you only use TPD compliant e-liquids.

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