The Week in Vaping – Issue 22

Hello and welcome to issue 22 of The Week in Vaping. We’ve had a pretty hectic couple of weeks recently, what with TPD and FDA regulations flying around and vapers around the world fighting for the right to vape. Thankfully, we’ve got some nice news for you this week. So without further ado, let’s get down to business.

Welsh smoking rates fall for 3rd year running

A new report released this week has revealed that smoking rates in Wales decreased for the third year running in 2015, dropping to 19% from 20% in 2014.

Between 2007 and 2012 they only dropped 1% over the whole six years, but since then smoking rates have decreased every year. One key factor has been noticed in this consistent drop: the rise of vaping.

Suzanne Cass, Chief Executive of ASH Wales Cymru said:

“It is great to see smoking rates decreasing on average by 1% every year for the past 3 years after remaining stubbornly static between 2007 and 2012, decreasing by just 1% over the entire 6 years. No doubt this is partly due to the surge in e-cigarette use among those wanting to quit tobacco or reduce harm.”

This survey is carried out annually by the Welsh government and is based off responses from 13,000 respondents. From our perspective, it is great to see vaping being recognised in this way.

If you’re one of those who managed to quit: congratulations!

New Zealand doctor promotes e-cigarettes.

Dr Murray Winiata, a GP in South Auckland, took up vaping to quit smoking himself and has now started to recommend it to people who come to his surgery struggling to give up smoking.

Vaping currently sits in quite a weird legal area in New Zealand currently. It is legal to sell e-cigarettes and nicotine-free e-liquid. It is also legal to import e-liquid containing nicotine. It is not, however, legal to sell e-liquid containing nicotine within the country.

This is only expected to change if e-cigarettes are approved as a quit-smoking medicine, something which the Ministry of Health does not currently support.

Dr Winiata was influenced in his thinking by the now-famous Public Health England report which stated that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking, along with the more recent report from the Royal College of Physicians. He promotes vaping to people who have been unable to quit smoking using Champix and other Nicotine Replacement Therapy methods or refuse to attempt quitting.

Commenting on his position, the GP stated:

“"I say, 'You may want to consider this as a safer alternative to smoking' - otherwise it's the end of the conversation."

"The ministry's position is really disappointing as it produces barriers to accessing nicotine liquid,"

TPD updates

We couldn’t let you leave without an update on the current events surrounding the TPD, could we?

Right now the vaping community are still contacting their local MPs with their vaping stories and urging them to debate TPD in parliament.

If you disagree with the Directive and want to get involved you can find the contact details of your local MP here. Remember to be polite.

That’s all we have time for in this week’s issue of The Week in Vaping. If you think we’ve missed out something big be sure to let us know in the comments. See you next week!