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UK Success Despite Turmoil

Despite turmoil, the United Kingdom is succeeding with its smoking strategy according to the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates

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Despite turmoil, the United Kingdom is succeeding with its smoking strategy according to the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA). “The most comprehensive review of vaping risks to date confirms the United Kingdom is backing the right horse when it comes to smoking cessation,” says CAPHRA’s Executive Coordinator Nancy Loucas.

Commissioned by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, the research was conducted at King’s College London. It found that vaping poses ‘a small fraction of the health risks of smoking’. It also concluded the use of vaping products rather than smoking leads to a ‘substantial reduction’ in exposure to toxicants that promote cancer, lung disease, and cardiovascular disease.

The UK has adopted a progressive public health strategy, known as Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR), and it’s working. Smoking is fast becoming less popular in the UK, with vaping now responsible for tens of thousands of ex-smokers each year,” says Ms Loucas.

CAPHRA says, significantly, Cancer Research UK’s executive director of policy, Dr Ian Walker, believes the latest report highlights a growing body of research. He says, ‘showing that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking and can help people who smoke to stop’.

One of the report’s authors, Dr Debbie Robson, went even further, saying ‘helping people switch from smoking to vaping should be considered a priority if the Government is to achieve a smoke-free 2030 in England.’

Every year smoking causes around 55,000 cancer deaths in the UK. That’s why Cancer Research UK supports balanced, evidence-based regulation on e-cigarettes from the UK government. It’s all about maximising the chances of people quitting smoking, while minimising the risk of uptake from non-smokers and young people,” says Ms Loucas.

Titled ‘Nicotine Vaping In England: 2022 Evidence Update’, the King’s College report has also gained support from the UK’s Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). Its chief executive Deborah Arnott has reiterated ‘the evidence is clear that vaping poses a small fraction of the risk of smoking’.

Recently, ASH released a report showing a ‘vaping revolution’ in Britain over the past decade. The report, based on ASH’s annual Smokefree GB survey of more than 13,000 adults, confirmed that the main reason vapers use e-cigarettes is to quit smoking and prevent them from returning to the deadly habit.

The ASH survey goes a long way to quash constant scaremongering internationally that vaping is an onramp to smoking, not an offramp, with over 90% of UK vapers ex-smokers or current smokers

Almost everyone vaping is doing so to keep off smoking or reduce it, and all the data proves the success of the UK’s THR approach. Cancer Research UK and ASH support it as a considerably safer alternative to smoking. Now, the UK’s latest independent scientific report also concludes vaping is nowhere near as risky – not even close.

The UK is living proof that if you provide adult smokers with reasonable access to vaping products, they will switch, thrive, and survive. While the UK’s political and economic happenings may not be the envy of the world, their success at crunching cancer-causing smoking is to be admired,” says Nancy Loucas.


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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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