Press Release: Vaping and E-Cigarettes in England

England’s official stance on vaping and e-cigarettes

Via Press release from the American Vaping association and Gregory Conley

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, is calling for a reexamination of U.S. views on vapor products following the issuance of a new expert report on the subject by Public Health England. The results of the groundbreaking 111-page government report are front page news in England today.

Key findings of the review include:

“For years, activists have sought to mislead smokers into believing that vaping may be as hazardous as smoking. These reckless tactics have undoubtedly discouraged many smokers from making quit attempts,” says Conley.

Smokers need to know that vapor products, vape starter kits are far less hazardous than smoking and effective for quitting,” says Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association. The country’s largest anti-smoking group, Action on Smoking & Health (ASH), has long argued against extending smoking bans to include vaping. In contrast to the U.K., government agencies and mainstream public health organizations in the U.S. have been far less open to embracing vaping. Dr. Michael Siegel, Professor of Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, has stated that the American Lung Association would rather smokers die than quit using e-cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health, meanwhile, refuses to even admit that a smoker’s health benefits when he or she switches to vaping.

My inbox literally exploded today with emails and messages of this announcement in the UK. Now if the USA would only follow suit.

In contrast to the U.K., government agencies and mainstream public health organizations in the U.S. have been far less open to embracing vaping. fresh vape dealsDr. Michael Siegel, Professor of Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, has stated that the American Lung Association would rather smokers die than quit using e-cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health, meanwhile, refuses to even admit that a smoker’s health benefits when he or she switches to vaping.

The country’s largest anti-smoking group, Action on Smoking & Health (ASH), has long argued against extending smoking bans to include vaping. On Monday, ASH released a report finding no evidence of a ‘gateway’ effect from vaping to smoking, with virtually all habitual usage being found in ex-smokers and smokers.

“This report represents a major win for public health. Smokers need to know that vapor products are far less hazardous than smoking and effective for quitting,” says Gregory Conley, President of the American Vaping Association. “With over 42 million Americans still smoking cigarettes, there is no excuse for major public health organizations to continue to propagandize against these lifesaving products.”.

“As a matter of ethics, it is repugnant to intentionally confuse smokers about the risks of smoke-free nicotine products,” adds Conley. “This report should change the debate about vaping in the U.S. for the better. Only time will tell if scientific evidence, rather than hype and conjecture, will win out.”.

In light of this new report, the AVA is calling for U.S. organizations and government agencies like the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to reassess their views on vaping. Additionally, the AVA is calling on these groups to issue corrective statements clarifying prior misleading or inaccurate statements.

You can learn more about AVA and vaping by visiting the AVA website. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

the current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95 % less harmful than smoking

nearly half the U.K. population (44.8 %) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking

there is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for non-smokers or children

e-cigarettes may be contributing to falling smoking rates among adults and young people

“My reading of the evidence is that smokers who switch to vaping remove almost all the risks smoking poses to their health,” said Professor Peter Hajek of Queen Mary University. Hajek co-authored the report with Professor Ann McNeill of King’s College London.

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Regulation, Zoning, and Legislation on Cigarette and Vape Smoking Bans

There is an upcoming vote in cities across America, on what to do to regulate the changes in smoking that have occurred as a result of the latest in technology. This is one of the topics and political hot issues that we’ll be addressing at the upcoming global forum.

The technologies at hand in this discussion are known as vaporizers, vape, vaping, and sometimes also referred to as e-cigs, e-cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, etc. Many proponents of the technology attempt to prove that this technology is safe than cigarettes and actually helps people to quit smoking harmful cigarettes. The vape technologies enables the user to adjust the level of nicotine they are experiencing in the smoke, so that they can ween themselves off of it by lowering the nicotine levels over time. Studies have shown that the nicotine itself, while highly addictive, is not really the harmful part of the cigarette itself, and rather it is harmful chemicals and tars that are added to the cigarettes that do not exist in the vape juices.

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So, while quitting smoking is obviously a healthy standard that cities are trying to promote through legislation and ban of cigarettes in public places, buildings, parks, and other environments, the practice of vaping may not necessarily have to be banned or curbed at all. There are controversies over whether this technology is just too new for us to know if there are harmful side effects or long term health risks associated with both second hand smoke from vaping and first hand vaporizer smoking.