Public Health England

  • PHE clearing up any untruth about E-cigarettes

    Public Health England (PHE) have recently cleared up any untruth about E-cigarettes.

    Generally, there is a mis-understanding of how harmful E-cigarettes are. However, the PHE have produced a report "clearing up some myths around e-cigarettes". PHE are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care in the UK.

    We have blogged before that many are unclear of the safety of e-cigarettes. Here are the main points of PHE's recent report.

    "Myth 1 - E-cigarettes give you 'popcorn lung'"

    This was due to the chemical diacetyl, which at high levels has been linked to lung disease.  However, diacetyl is banned as an ingredient from all e-cigarettes and e-liquids in the UK.

    "Myth 2 - E-Cigarettes aren't regulated and we don't know what's in them"

    E-cigarettes are now subject to quality and safety standards since Tobacco & Related Products Regulations 2016 (TPD).  All e-cigarette products have to be notified to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) with full information on ingredients. All safe and declared companies can be found on their website.

    "Myth 3 - E-Cigarettes must be harmful as they contain nicotine"

    Whilst nicotine is addictive, it doesn't carry the cancer related chemicals that are contained in cigarette smoke. E-cigarettes do not contain tar or carbon monoxide, which are the most dangerous components in smoking.

    "Myth 4 - Exposure to e-cigarette vapour is harmful to bystanders"

    E-cigarettes do not produce vapour that goes into the air, only exhaled aerosol.  PHE's latest evidence has found no "identified health risks of passive vaping to bystanders."

    "Myth 5 - E-cigarettes will lead young people into smoking"

    PHE's report has found no indication so far to confirm this.  Some young people are trying it out but reports are showing that few are taking it up.

    "Myth 6 - E-cigarettes are being used as a Trojan horse - so the tobacco industry can keep people smoking"

    No proof has been found to say that e-cigarettes are motivating people to continue to smoke.  The main e-cigarette users are ex-smokers and the numbers of smokers switching to e-cigarettes is on the increase.

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  • E-cigarettes should be available on prescription - Public Health England

    E-cigarettes should be available on prescription

    It is reported that Public Health England (PHE) have said E-cigarettes should be available on prescription. Also, they should be sold in hospital shops.

    Public Health England have said that in the next few years they want to see e-cigarettes available on prescription. They believe it will be useful for people giving up smoking.

    The latest review published by Public Health England suggests companies provide vaping rooms. It was also suggested that hospitals provide vaping areas.

    PHE's Director of Health Improvement, John Newton has asked if the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency can make it easier for manufacturers to get medicinal licenses. He went on to say that there was evidence to say that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking.

    Here are some of the findings from the recent independent review by PHE.

    For the full article  click here

    • firstly,vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking. Switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits.
    • e-cigarettes could be contributing to at least 20,000 successful new quits per year and possibly many more.
    • e-cigarette use is associated with improved quit success rates over the last year and an accelerated drop in smoking rates across the country.
    • many thousands of smokers incorrectly believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking.
    • there is much public misunderstanding about nicotine (less than 10% of adults understand that most of the harms to health from smoking are not caused by nicotine).
    • the evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among young people (youth smoking rates in the UK continue to decline, regular use is rare and is almost entirely confined to those who have smoked).

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