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On today’s ‘World No Tobacco Day’, Vape Business Ireland (VBI) wants to ensure that smokers have all the information on alternatives to smoking available to them. To that end, VBI has called for the Department of Health and the HSE to publish information about vaping as an alternative to smoking on their Quit.ie website.

VBI spokesperson Alan Buckley said: “There are around 150,000 users of vaping products in Ireland, who understand that vaping is far less harmful than smoking – and they have decided so without getting this information from Quit.ie.”

Credible scientific research into vaping has already been carried out by Cancer Research UK, Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians. Buckley continued: “Policies on vaping need to be led by a combination of existing scientific evidence, and an in-depth understanding of why Irish ex-smokers are choosing to do so in ever-greater numbers. More research needs to be carried out in Ireland.”

“VBI welcomed HIQA’s recent report into smoking cessation that showed 29% of those who attempt to quit smoking annually do so with the aid of vaping products.

“Vaping is a phenomenon that is happening as we speak – the Department of Health’s own Healthy Ireland survey showed that 99% of vaping product users are former smokers.”