July 19th, 2017

Vaping and tobacco harm reduction - highlights from England

England and Saint George: fighting combustion has always been a thing here

On this page I set out some of the good things on tobacco harm reduction that have come from England. Updated 10 October 2017.

  1. Realistic science
  2. Practical professional guidance and policy
  3. Reasonable public health consensus statements and policy positions
  4. Useful data
  5. Engaged consumers
  6. Groundbreaking conferences
  7. Forthright commentators

1. Realistic science

Significant scientific assessments

Although it is not possible to precisely quantify the long-term health risks associated with e-cigarettes, the available data suggest that they are unlikely to exceed 5% of those associated with smoked tobacco products, and may well be substantially lower than this figure“. (Section 5.5 page 87)

For a discussion of key quotes from this document, see my submission to the Government of Ireland: Vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Ireland – consultation response in five quotes – February 2017.  For a PowerPoint that uses these quotes – see Slideshare.

Collaborative research approach

2. Practical professional guidance and policy

Pro-harm reduction national policy statement…

On quitting smoking…

On smoke-free policy…

These reflect the view that vaping policy should be a matter for the owner or manager of the premises, not subject to a blanket legal ban.

On e-cigarette advertising

These very sensible industry codes govern the advertising that is not banned by the wholly disproportionate EU Tobacco Products Directive Article 20(5)  as it applies in the UK

3. Reasonable public health consensus statements and positions

Consensus statement

2016 statement by Public Health England, Action on Smoking and Health, Association of Directors of Public Health, British Lung Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Faculty of Public Health, Fresh North East, Healthier Futures, Public Health Action (PHA), Royal College of Physicians, Royal Society for Public Health, UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, UK Health Forum

Individual organisations and people

4. Useful data

5. Engaged consumers

6. Groundbreaking conferences

7. Forthright commentators

And the former Prime Minister had something to say about it:

Please add suggestions for additions (with links please) in the comments…

1 comment to Vaping and tobacco harm reduction – highlights from England

  • Annette

    I have nothing to add except to say that a society that encourages reduced harm in such an honest and transparent way will surely benefit. And this atmosphere will surely deal best with any unforseen problems in the future.

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