Public Health England reaffirm their endorsement of vaping


A revised report from Public Health England (PHE), ‘’Vaping in England: evidence update’’, was published last week, on the 26th of February 2021: and it proves that their overwhelming support for vaping is backed by crucial evidence.

Since 2015, PHE have consistently been releasing reports and findings over the course of that year regarding the use of e-liquids and vaporizers in the UK. Such topics include how it affects the human body, how its properties help people quit smoking, its growing popularity among the nation’s younger population, how vaping is viewed by the general public, and even the everchanging rules and regulations to vaping, to name a few.

Aside from being a highly-regarded institution, PHE’s conclusive reports are a result of meticulous testing, and are intensively analysed to form objective suppositions: meaning that their word is extremely trustworthy. Their findings are a big reason as to why people quit smoking every single day, because they allow smokers and policy makers to form intelligent decisions and opinions based on wide-ranging, controlled research.

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Despite already being so credible, this year’s publication is the most encouraging recommendation of vaping that’s been released by any governmental organisation globally, over any time period, ever. Perhaps the biggest positive to gain from the report is PHE’s admiration for vaping as a substitute for cigarettes. In particular, just how helpful it is for those who want to quit smoking cigarettes.

One such investigation carried out compared the successful stopping rates when e-cigarettes are used, to traditional replacements like nicotine patches and chewing gums. As you can imagine, the success rates measured for vaping were significantly higher than the traditional products used. E-cigarette-related products even ranked as the most popular quitting aid in England for 2020: with 27.2% of successful stoppers using them.

One supporting quote from PHE’s report states: ‘’Quit rates involving a vaping product were higher than any other method in every region in England. These ranged from 49% in the South West to 78% in Yorkshire and the Humber. E-cigarettes, combined with stop smoking support should be available to all people who want to quit smoking.’’

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But despite all the important evidence from PHE being apparent, very few regional agency services actually published the report. This has been a familiar theme over the last few years, with the report also stating that ‘’only 11% of local authority stop smoking services offered vaping products to some or all people making a quit attempt.” This means that the pre-existent misconceptions surrounding vaping continue to grow, as people remain misinformed.

The sad reality is that the entire industry has been subject to deceptive information and articles from newswires and groups who have a lack of understanding. The most common means of this misrepresentation are formed by either prejudiced research or by sensationalist headlines: practically there for clickbait.

This means that more and more people believe information that is abhorrently incorrect, like vaping being more harmful than smoking. Though, PHE have proven otherwise, and were even quoted as saying that ‘’vaping is 95% safer than smoking’’, as far back as 2015. Despite this, the 2020 PHE report claimed that 38% of smokers still believed that vaping was as harmful as smoking.

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To make matters even worse, 14.8% of smokers believe that vaping is more harmful than smoking, and fewer than one third of the participants were knowledgeable enough to agree that vaping was less harmful than smoking. The overwhelming majority claimed that they ‘’didn’t know’’ which was worse for your health. It’s truly inexcusable that so many people have been fed with false facts and opinions in a bid to tarnish the e-cigarette legacy that is fast brewing.

It takes us swiftly back to the original issue: the lack of meaningful reportage and coverage from media outlets regarding the PHE’s study. What really frustrates people like us here at Wisp, is that the moment something negative is said or published, like an e-liquid user inserting the wrong battery into their pen and therefore suffering malfunctions, newspapers are inundated with stories that speak negatively about vaping. This, despite all the proven evidence pointing towards the fact that smoking has never or will never be less harmful to you than a well-manufactured E-liquid product.

In reference to the aforementioned claims, Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England, said the following: “Smoking is still the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease – killing almost 75,000 people in England in 2019.

The best thing that a smoker can do is to stop smoking completely and the evidence shows that vaping is one of the most effective quit aids available, helping around 50,000 smokers quit a year. Thousands more could have quit except for unfounded safety fears about e-cigarettes. The evidence has been clear for some time that, while not risk-free vaping is far less harmful than smoking.”

So, there you have it. All the hearsay criticism can be countered with educated, factual research, and all the adverse news outlets that are falsely reporting on the effects of vaping are wildly off the mark. The British government have already begun to formulate plans for a potentially smoke free country by 2030: and if we’re to hit that mark, the population needs to start believing the right information and making the correct substitutions. Otherwise, we’re just going to continue to travel in circles: and all of PHE’s qualitative, proven research, means absolutely nothing.



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