With many European countries adopting stricter e-cigarette regulations, there is a growing concern in England that the misinformation regarding vaping has a negative influence on the nation’s quit rates. In light of that, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for e-cigarettes has issued a report to urge lawmakers to opt for less regulations to electronic vaping devices.
They pointed out Public Health England and Caner Research UK have examined e-cigarettes and found them much healthier than cigarettes. Public Health England reported e-cigarettes could be 95% safer than their combustible counterparts.
UK Citizens Are Confused About E-cigs Advantages
In spite of countless studies which have further confirmed the findings of public health England, an ASH study found that only 20 percent of adults in the UK correctly identify vaping to be safer than smoking. However, in 2015, 31 percent of adults correctly assumed traditional tobacco cigarettes are much more harmful than e-cigarettes. This means that the war on vaping is working. That is the reason why All-Party Parliamentary Group is trying to turn the tide by building on successful Public Health England anti-smoking campaigns. In 2017, PHEs campaign Stoptober included e-cigarettes as a viable smoking cession tool in their TV ads for the first time.
On November 20, 2017, Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group, gave a speech at a reception in the Houses of Parliament. He warned that current methods are not working for the nation’s eight million smokers. “It’s up to the government to ensure such campaigns as PHEs become the norm, not an exception, so that the UK can fully exploit the public health potential of vaping” he said.
He also said the current confusing message are putting off people from trying e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool. Actually, those messages might be partially responsible for the declining number of new UK vapers in 2017. In the recent year, the UK vaping scene only grew by 4 percent. In comparison, in 2013 it grew by 86 percent, in 2014 by 62% and in 2015 by 24%.
Public Health England Are Championing Vaping While Local Councils Are Still Imposing Bans
Public Health England has been vocally supporting vaping as an alternative to smokng. Unfortunately, the message from PHE seems to be falling on deaf ears. The local councils of British seem to be ignoring it. The number of local councils that require vapers to vape in designated areas has gone up. In 2016, 112 councils were enforcing this rule. In 2017, 126 councils treat vapers as if they were smokers and force them to designated vaping areas.
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