PHE: Misinformation causes increasing misperceptions on harm from vaping compared with the evidence.

Afbeelding van Christine Sponchia via Pixabay and Public Health England

On March 2020 Public Health England published their sixth report on E-cigarettes and vaping. The first report in 2015 stated that “Vaping is at least 95% less harmfull than smoking cigarettes”. Public Health England again in 2020 extends this firm conclusion dispite all the misinformation mostly generated by anti-vaping lobby groups in the USA.

Their primary conclusion in 2020

Perceptions of harm from vaping among smokers are increasingly out of line with the evidence. These misperceptions are particularly common among smokers who do not vape.

Misinformation and misperceptions is the cause of smokers not converting to vaping. Also government policy in many countries are based on misinformation and junk science, mostly originated in the USA by anti-vape fanatics and lobby organizations. Public Health England is not moving by all these misperceptions and confirms for the sixth time that vaping is preferrable over smoking. The UK statistic figures confirms a decrease in the amount of smokers, but it could have been much more if there was no interference form the anti-vaping lobby groups who are armed with their deceitful junk science on vaping. (yes we refer to the retracted scientific paper of anti-vape fanatic Stanton Glantz)

Back to the publication of the sixth evidence review on vaping from Public Health England. Their main conclusions until now are:

  • E-cigarettes are much less harmful than tobacco but are not completely safe. They contain significantly less harmful chemicals which cause diseases related to smoking but the long-term impact of using e-cigarettes will remain unknown for some time.
  • Vapers said that banning flavoured liquids would deter them from using vaping products to help them quit or reduce their smoking. It could also push current vapers towards illicit products.
  • In the SDD data, 3.6% of young people were former vapers, and 2.8% were former smokers, suggesting that more young people may have stopped vaping than have stopped smoking
  • The most popular flavour category among adults in the ASH-A survey was fruit, preferred by nearly a third of current vapers
  • False fears preventing smokers from using e-cigarettes to quit
  • Vaping regulated nicotine products has a small fraction of the risks of smoking, Smokers should be encouraged to try regulated nicotine vaping products along with smoking cessation medications and behavioural support. This will greatly their chances of successfully stopping smoking.
  • A ban on flavoured liquids could have adverse effects and unintended consequences for smokers using vaping products to quit. It should only be considered with caution.

And there are much more conclusions in this report in favor of vaping compared with smoking.

Some expert reactions:

Prof Jamie Brown, Professor of Behavioural Science & Health at University College London, said:

“E-cigarettes have helped many thousands of smokers to quit in the UK and have an important role to play in reducing the enormous burden of smoking. This report should reassure smokers whose views on the relative harm of e-cigarettes have clearly deteriorated over the last year.

“The proportion of smokers who do not currently use e-cigarettes and believe use is less harmful than smoking has fallen to less than a third, while more than half believe e-cigarettes to be equally or more harmful than smoking. One source for these figures is the Cancer Research UK funded Smoking Toolkit Study, which is a nationally representative survey of the population in England that has been recruiting a new sample of approximately 1,700 adults each month since 2006.”

Prof John Britton, Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies and Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, University of Nottingham, said:

“Smoking remains the biggest avoidable cause of death and disability in the UK, and using electronic cigarettes is an effective means of quitting smoking. So these new figures from PHE are disturbing, and highlight the urgent need for media campaigns to make sure that all smokers understand that switching to e-cigarettes is one of the most effective ways of quitting smoking and protecting their health.”

More expert reactions are to be found here…

Please read this Public Health Report yourself and form your own conclusion.

Don’t let anti vape propaganda ruin your life!

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