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Questions and answers from Parliament, covering vaping, tobacco harm reduction, and the Independent Review on Tobacco Control

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Questions and answers have been given in Parliament, covering vaping, tobacco harm reduction, and the Independent Review on Tobacco Control. Adam Afriyie MP asked about assessments and implications, Andrew Gwynne MP is worried about lobbying and influence, while Mary Glindon MP is thinking about youths and cartoons.

Windsor’s Conservative representative, Adam Afriyie asked the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of the recommendations set out in the Independent Review on Tobacco Control.

Afriyie also voiced his impatience over the ongoing delay to the publication of the recommendations of the Independent Review on Tobacco Control. He asked if the Secretary of State plans to hold a consultation now those recommendations have been published.

On behalf of the Secretary of State, Public Health Minister Maggie Throup said the government will consider the findings of the Independent Review, “and will assess which recommendations will inform the forthcoming health disparities white paper and the new Tobacco Control Plan to be published later this year. This will include an assessment on any potential consultation.

Denton and Reddish’s Andrew Gwynne said: “More than 2 million people are affected by the backlog in cancer care. Smoking is the leading cause of cancer, and we know that a key component of tackling the backlog is prevention. Given that, can the Secretary of State assure the House that no current or former tobacco lobbyist working in or with No. 10 will have any influence on the Government’s tobacco control plan, prevention strategy or planned response to the Khan review?”

Sajid Javid told the House: “As the honourable Gentleman will know, all decisions are rightly made by Ministers. I agree about the importance of tackling smoking. The Government are committed to a smoke-free 2030, which is exactly why I commissioned the independent Khan review. I welcome its findings and we are carefully considering them.”

So, no denial then.

Opposition Whip Mary Glindon asked the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the recommendations of the independent review by Dr Javed Khan OBE on preventing youth access to vaping products, if his Department will be taking steps “to ensure that (a) cartoon imagery, (b) references to youth culture and (c) flavour names that appeal to minors do not appear on the packaging or within the flavour names and descriptors of disposable vapes.”

Maggie Throup told her: “The Department will consider the recommendations set out in the Review. The Government's regulatory framework aims to maximise the opportunities for smokers to use vaping as a tool to quit, while preventing non-smokers and young people from using these products.

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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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