New research by ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) October 31, 2016 finds use of e-cigarettes remains low among young people.
This new research supports that there is no evidence the youth are taking up smoking through their use of electronic cigarettes and regular use of e-cigs is still rare and mostly confined to those who were already smokers or those who had previously smoked. Research also shows a continued decline in smoking among children which is positive news.
There has however, been a rise in the proportion of young people who mistakenly believe that e-cigarettes are equally as harmful to the user as smoking traditional cigarettes. Between 2013 and 2016 the proportion of youth believing that vaping electronic devices are as equally as harmful increased from 11% to 23%.
Read more and access the ASH Fact Sheet...
Nicotine for use in electronic cigarettes should be legalised in Australia to reduce smoking related disease, say 40 international and Australian experts in a document supporting an application to amend the Poisons Standard in relation to low concentrations of nicotine for use in vaping.
Smoking kills and Australia has 2.8 million smokers of which two out of three will die prematurely from smoking related diseases. According to Tobacco Treatment Specialist, UNSW Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn smokers efforts in quitting are often met with repeated failure. ‘Using an e-cigarette can effectively satisfy the smoker’s need for nicotine as well as providing ‘a smoking experience’ which many smokers miss after quitting and which often leads to relapse’, says Mendelsohn.
The New Nicotine Alliance submitted an application to the Australian Therapeutics Goods Administration, a not for profit consumer advocacy group supporting public health, has to exempt low concentrations of nicotine for use in electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking. Read more...
Dr Colin Mendelsohn a medical practitioner and Tobacco Treatment Specialist at The Sydney Clinic in Bronte and Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales writes persuasively in The Sydney Morning Herald (May 12, 2016) why e-cigarettes should not be illegal in Australia.
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), established in 1971 by the Royal College of Physicians, campaigns on eliminating the harm caused by tobacco.
Their latest survey on the use of electronic cigarettes in the UK (May 2016), has some very interesting stats on the state of play of vaping in the UK.
- There are 2.8 million adults in the UK currently vaping, up from only 700,000 in 2012, the year that ASH began collecting data.
- Users are fairly evenly divided between smokers and ex-smokers.
- The main reason for vaping given by ex-smokers is to help them stop smoking, and current smokers say that they are vaping to help them cut down the amount they smoke.
- The other major consideration was cost, with 47% of respondents saying that vaping was saving them money.
The most recent report, April 2016 from the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has come out strongly in favour of the use of e-cigarettes as a substitute for tobacco smoking. The RCP’s special advisor on tobacco and Chair of the TAG, Professor John Britton, said that:
‘With sensible regulation, electronic cigarettes have the potential to make a major contribution towards preventing the premature death, disease and social inequalities in health that smoking currently causes in the UK.’
Concerning the widespread controversy surrounding e-cigarettes, the report clearly establishes that while there are risks associated with vaping, the benefits clearly outweigh the risks, finding that the health risks from inhaling vapour from an e-cigarette is ‘unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from smoking tobacco.’
Published in today’s The Australian paper is an article which calls out to Australian governments to come together and address the controversial issue of e-cigarettes in the areas of public health and addictions policy.
A billion people are projected to die this century from smoking and e-cigarettes are a solution to harm reduction.
"It's not a perfect one, but it will save lives by reducing the harm caused by smoking by switching smokers to vaping nicotine. Unfortunately, there are big players with vested interests in keeping this new technology away from the masses"
eCigarettes do not contain tobacco and do not produce smoke yet the Queensland Parliament voted on Wednesday to prohibit the sale and supply of electronic cigarettes to children, (which is a good thing) but also restrict their advertising and display at retail shops and banned their use in outdoor and smoke-free places from January 1, 2015.
According to new Cancer Research UK data being presented at the UK Nicotine and Smoking Cessation Conference this month, children aged between 11 to 16 who have never smoked, do not regularly use eCigarettes. The research will be published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
As reported in The Australian and Wall Street Journal Feb 20, “Liberty Flights Ltd., a British maker of electronic cigarettes, is facing a problem more associated with handbags than with nicotine vaporizers: counterfeiting.”