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The Canadian Vaping Association says more evidence has emerged that shows vaping can help smokers quit

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The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) says more evidence has emerged that shows vaping can help smokers quit. Despite advocating for nicotine vape products as a tool to quit smoking for the better part of the last decade, the Association points out that opponents of vaping have created confusion amongst smokers and the public through dishonest claims that vaping is ineffective for quitting smoking.

The Canadian Vaping Association is a registered national, not-for-profit organization, established as the voice for the Canadian vaping industry. Founded in 2014, the CVA represents over 200 retail and online vaping businesses in Canada. CVA’s membership does not including tobacco companies or affiliates.

It cites Martin Dockrell from Public Health England saying: “The claim that e-cigs can't help people quit smoking is now so plainly false that anybody making it not only discredits themselves, but worse still, undermines public confidence in science.”

The CVA adds: “Vaping is currently the most widely used smoking intervention as demonstrated through clinical trials and systematic reviews. An international review, produced by Cochrane, a global network of independent researchers, has reviewed 50 of the top studies on vaping’s efficacy. The review found that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are superior to Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), non-nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and behavioural interventions in helping people quit cigarettes.

“Another study, published in the American Medical Association Journal, found that ‘those who were using e-cigarettes daily at the end of the study were 8-fold more likely to quit cigarettes altogether. They were also almost 10-fold more likely to stop smoking cigarettes every day’.”

The Canadian Vaping Association points to Public Health England’s (PHE) seventh independent report on vaping in England, carried out by researchers at King’s College London, found that using a vaping product as part of a quit attempt in local stop smoking services had some of the highest quit success rates – between 59.7% and 74% in 2019 and 2020.

Although science continues to prove vaping to be an effective harm reduction tool, vaping regulation has become increasingly restrictive and even prohibitive in some regions.

The Association goes on to quote Dr. Mark Tyndall: “It is illogical and reckless to promote policies that would restrict or even ban the sale of vaping products in places where cigarettes are available. There is really no precedent in public health where a much safer medicine or medical device or procedure is introduced and then is heavily restricted or prohibited, while the deadly medicine/device/procedure is allowed to continue. This is exactly what is happening with e-cigarettes/vaping and all safer nicotine delivery systems.”

Government Relations Counsel to the CVA Board, Darryl Tempest concluded: “Smoking continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and illness in Canada. Vaping presents a tool to reduce smoking rates faster than previously thought possible. For the greatest potential benefit to public health, smokers need clear messaging that vaping is an option to reduce the harm caused by combustible tobacco.”


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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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