The US and UK see vaping very differently. Here's why.

September 20, 2019

The US and UK see vaping very differently. Here's why.

There is reasonable right to have a sense of confusion when it comes to the conflicting standpoints on public health in different countries. Today's CNN Health article outlines the reasoning why the USA is posed for a flavour-ban, while the U.K. stands by vaping's claim to be 95% safer than combustable cigarette use, and allows vape shops to be established in hospitals.

A link to the CNN Health article here: 

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/17/health/vaping-us-uk-e-cigarette-differences-intl/index.html?no-st=1568777305&fbclid=IwAR3WYriIag8bG47hLmPony8e5eEo0-ATOjnpESqMhyK_-qUoROA0jHXGvpw

 

Key Points:

"In the UK, there doesn't appear to be an outbreak of vaping-related sickness. Neither has vaping's popularity soared among young people who never smoked. Rather, e-cigarettes have been embraced mostly as a way for adults to quit combustible cigarettes. Indeed, health authorities in the UK stand by their support for e-cigarettes as a cessation tool."

 

"If you don't smoke, don't vape," said John Newton, director of health improvement at Public Health England. "But if you smoke there is no situation where it would be better for your health to continue smoking rather than switching completely to vaping.
"PHE's advice remains that e-cigarettes are a fraction of the risk of smoking, and using one makes it much more likely you'll quit successfully than relying on willpower alone."
"Similar choice of flavors exist in the US and UK and yet we do not have the same levels of youth vaping here. Our much lower rates are due to our much stricter advertising regulations and possibly our lower nicotine cap"
In the UK, 3.3% of 11-to-18-year-olds use e-cigarettes "less than weekly" and 1.6% use them at least weekly.
"Public Health England said that vaping "is not completely without risks" and stressed that vapers should use "UK-regulated e-liquids and never risk vaping home-made or illicit e-liquids or adding substances, any of which could be harmful."




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