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A collection of some important slides from the E-Cigarette Summit.

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It isn’t possible to include all of the interesting information from the E-Cigarette Summit in a single article and so we have collected together some of the interesting slides. These featured in presentations made to the audience on various subjects associated with electronic cigarettes and vaping.

Professor John Britton talked aboutLikely health risks to users of electronic cigarettes”. Most vapers already appreciate that vaping is less harmful than smoking and not harmless – this was summed up in his conclusion that vapers should expect modest increases in risk of:

  • Lung cancer
  • Emphysema/COPD
  • Pulmonary infection
  • Cardiovascular events
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonias
  • Other cancers

It is important to note that all risks are much lower than for tobacco smoking, and he believes could be reduced or eliminated by better product standards and technology.

In one slide he illustrated the substantial reduction of nitrosamines present in vapour:

In another slide he highlighted the reduced signs of carcinogens in urine:

Second-hand vape is something that has been mentioned a lot recently by anti-ecig campaigners. This slide shows how they compare to traditional cigarettes:

Indoor air quality was also referenced in Linda Bauld and Professor Marcus Manafo’s presentation. The slide putting forward the existing data reminded the audience how the particulates (that so occupy the minds of anti-vaping crusaders) is almost identical between vaping homes and non-smoking homes:

It is interesting to note that, when considering banning in enclosed areas, she adds: “those with higher education levels, current smokers, those who had tried e-cigarettes and those who had seen others using e-cigarettes more often were less likely to support restrictions.”

Deborah Arnott, representing ASH UK, covered the evidence regarding children and vaping. She defined what a gateway effect would look like were one to exist:

  1. Established use in never smokers
  2. Established use across young people
  3. Growing use across young people
  4. Rising smoking rates

We already know that the data doesn’t support the notion but it is worth seeing it in the form of pretty graphs, especially as she compared the results from more than one piece of research:

Invariably, she added, studies are frequently presented in a manner that is at odds with what the data actually says. This doesn’t discount that children have tried vaping, as shown below, but they emphasize that the youths didn’t continue to vape after dabbling:

The gateway effect can only exist if youths are moving on to smoking. The graph clearly demonstrates that they are not:

Finally, looking at Professor Polosa’s contribution on the emerging evidence of potential harm and harm reversal:

Polosa highlighted an aspect that hasn’t received much attention, the secondary benefit of vaping as a means to smoking cessation that avoids the weight gain associated with traditional quit techniques:

He concluded from measuring various biometrics that switching from smoking to vaping leads to improved lung function, improvements in breathing and incidents of asthma, better blood pressure readings and that improvements are also reported in dual users.

Despite the positive news contained in these presentations the vaping world is going to shift dramatically should the Totally Wicked legal challenge fail. We will be covering events following the preliminary announcement on December 17th.

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Dave Cross

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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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