The Week in Vaping – Part One

Hi everyone! Welcome to our latest blog series – The Week in Vaping. We’ll be releasing this every Friday as we round up the latest stories in the vaping industry. For this first edition we will immediately be making a mockery of the title as we cover all of the stories from the Christmas and New Year period to get everyone up to date. Read on to find out all of the latest happenings in the industry.

25th December 2015

Five Scottish Health Boards Review E-Cigarette Policy.

While everyone else was tucking into their Christmas dinner, unwrapping presents, and making a fool of themselves in front of beloved (and not so beloved) family members BBC Scotland was busy releasing their story regarding the fact that five health boards in Scotland will be reviewing their policy to ban the use of e-cigarettes on hospital grounds.

This all started back in April 2015, when smoking was banned from the grounds of all hospitals, health centres and GP surgeries in Scotland. Despite the fact that each health board was given discretion over their vaping policy only NHS Lothian made the decision to allow the use of e-cigarettes on their grounds.

This remained the case until 15th December when Scotland’s largest health board – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde made the decision to allow the use of e-cigarettes inside hospital grounds citing new evidence that they helped to tackle tobacco smoking.

Following this, five of the 11 remaining health boards which still banned e-cigarettes announced they would be reviewing their policies, with health chiefs in Ayrshire and Arran, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Lanarkshire and Tayside citing the recent Public Health England report and other recent research as the reason for their rethink.

We’re starting off this feature with some positive news for e-cigarette users then, we can only hope this type of evidence-based thinking continues to spread.

31st December 2015

No, there’s still no evidence e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking.

This time we head to The Guardian for an article courtesy of Professor Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy at the University of Stirling and Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies.

In the article, Professor Bauld focuses on recent headlines around a study looking at the impact of e-cigarette vapour on human cells, stating that she finds little support for the claim that they’re as harmful as smoking.

The study she focuses on involved a team who specialised in studying head and neck cancer conducting a lab study that exposed human epithelial cells (the type which line the mouth and lungs) in Petri dishes to the vapour from two different brands of e-cigarettes. The cells were treated with e-liquid extract every three days for up to eight weeks, both with and without nicotine.

The headlines from the study focused on the fact that after the cells were examined the treated cells were more likely to show DNA damage than untreated cells, with this being used to claim that vaping is just as dangerous as smoking. What they failed to mention, however, was the fact that the experiment had initially contained cells which were being exposed to normal cigarette smoke, with all of these cells dying within 24 hours. We’re guessing “e-cigarettes not as safe as fresh air but still orders of magnitude safer than cigarettes so switching may well be a great harm-reduction strategy” just isn’t a sexy enough headline these days.

It’s an extremely well-written article with some great points, and is well worth a read if you get the chance.

Other News

  • Oregon has joined the list of states in the U.S. against vaping by banning the use of e-cigarettes indoors.
  • The lead Muslim council in Malaysia has declared e-cigarettes haram (forbidden) for Muslims, leading to bans and fears for the future of vaping in the country.
  • New Zealand’s ban on e-liquid containing nicotine has been argued against by academics, stating the ban hurts the poorest groups in the country who have higher rates of addiction but lack the ability to import a product which could help them quit.
  • A couple of e-cigarette brands by big tobacco companies have been licensed as medicines in the UK and may be available on prescription through the NHS in the near future.
  • The CDC (Centre for Disease Control) in California has continued their pattern of fighting e-cigarettes by announcing they have fears over the numbers of children e-cigarette adverts may be reaching.
  • MP Douglas Carswell has come out against the TPD, stating it will damage British business as small businesses in the industry will be unable to meet the financial requirements involved.

That’s it for the first issue of The Week in Vaping. If you’re aware of any big news we’ve missed or have suggestions on how we could improve this let us know in the comments below, we always enjoy hearing your feedback.

Thanks for reading!