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UKVIA Addresses ASH Findings

Action on Smoking and Health has reported on a 50% rise in two years of children viewing vaping as bad, or worse than smoking

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Yesterday, we reported how Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has released figures showing that teen vaping has plateaued. The same report also details how misunderstanding about the relative safety of vaping has continued to grow due to lies in the media and, although ASH would dispute it, attacks on vaping and demands to ban eliquid flavours. John Dunne, Director General of the UK Vaping Industry Association, has spoken to ASH’s findings.

John Dunne commented on Action on Smoking and Health’s latest announcement: “Deterrence is a complex thing. The fact that the number of teenagers vaping has plateaued can be viewed as a good thing, but it may be something of a false dawn, in that it is based, at least partly, on a falsehood. 

“New figures out yesterday from Action on Smoking and Health show that 58% of 11–17-year-olds now believe that vaping is as bad, or worse than, smoking, up nearly 50% over the last two years, and it is probably no coincidence that smoking amongst children has more than doubled in the last year. Whilst everything should be done to stop children vaping, there is no escaping the fact that it has in the past been directly responsible for a drop in the number of children smoking.

“Despite scare stories in the media, there is also no evidence that vaping is a gateway to smoking for minors as they enter adulthood, in fact the data shows that the opposite is true.”

To support the last statement, John Dunne cites a paper produced by Colin Mendelsohn, Alex Wodak, Wayne Hall, and Ron Borland titled A critical analysis of ‘Electronic cigarettes and health outcomes: Systematic review of global evidence’.

Moreover,” continued John Dunne, “the number of adults who believe vaping is as bad, if not worse than smoking, has risen to 50%. In a world where 8 million people are dying every year from smoking, and where the science currently tells us that vaping is at least 95% less harmful, there will be people making the potentially fatal decision to continue smoking. As Action on Smoking and Health say in their report, however the Government choose to regulate vaping, they need to ‘reduce the appeal of vaping to children BUT (their emphasis not ours), adults must continue to have access to vapes which can help them quit and stay quit’.

The Government believes banning disposable vapes is the best deterrent. Only time will tell, but unless they also stop retailers selling vapes to children and police a rapidly growing black market, their crusade against vaping will be music to the tobacco industry’s ears”.

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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