Hi everyone! And welcome to issue nine of The Week in Vaping, your weekly roundup of all the latest news in the wonderful world of electronic cigarettes. This week we’ve seen some great news, and some not so great news. Read on to find out more.

Smokers turn to vaping to help them quit

Starting off with the great news, a study performed by University College London and published in the Addiction journal has shown that last year 28.2% of smokers making a quit attempt turned to e-cigarettes. This equates to a massive 891,000 people seeing vaping as the best way to help them quit smoking.

The great news continues, with the study showing that the long-term quit success rate when using e-cigarettes is 7.5%, a leap from 5% with traditional Nicotine Replacement Therapy. The means that electronic cigarettes are helping an extra 22,000 people quit each year.

Led by Prof Robert West, the team stated that although the numbers aren’t as high as claimed in the past the numbers are massively significant. Prof West stated:

“E-cigarettes appear to be helping a significant number of smokers to stop who would not have done otherwise - not as many as some e-cigarette enthusiasts claim, but a substantial number nonetheless.

There have been claims by some public health researchers that e-cigarettes undermine quitting if smokers use them just to cut down, and that they act as a gateway into smoking.

These claims stem from a misunderstanding of what the evidence can tell us at this stage, but this is clearly something we need to watch carefully.”

Some fantastically positive words there as he states the belief we all share regarding vaping being a legitimate way out of smoking, whilst also dismissing the gateway theory which is happily thrown about by anti-vaping campaigners.

E-Cigarettes face potential tax hike

Speculation has been abounding over the last couple of days regarding the tax-status of electronic cigarettes in the EU. Initially published in The Times, the article was quickly jumped upon and published on a variety of different platform. The article in question speculated that the EU is looking to make a decision on the tax-status of e-cigarettes and are looking to give them parity with cigarettes.

Currently, e-cigarettes are just taxed at the typical 20% VAT level in Britain. If this speculation is factual and goes ahead the price of vaping could massively increase, with tax needing to make up 57% of the purchase price of tobacco products, plus 20% VAT on top of that.

These rumours have come about as the EU worries about falling tax revenue from cigarettes, with countries needing to make this money up elsewhere.

Deborah Arnott from health group ASH has already spoken out against this, stating:

“If the EU were to require member states to tax electronic cigarettes like tobacco products it would be seriously detrimental to public health, it would lead to increased prices and discourage smokers from switching.”

We hope more people see it her way.

Other News

  • A Canadian broadcaster has issued a retraction after falsely claiming PHE’s study stating vaping was 95% less harmful than smoking was funded by tobacco companies.
  • US transportation officials have banned e-cigarettes from all flight in the country.
  • Legislation has been passed in Scotland which bans the sale of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18 and limits their advertising.

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