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Vape Business Ireland Welcomes Results of New Study Showing No Adverse Health Impact from Vaping

  Vape Business Ireland (VBI) has welcomed the results of a new peer-reviewed clinical trial to be published in the February edition of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. The 24-month clinical trial has shown that the health of people who used e-cigarettes on a regular basis was not impacted negatively. The Dutch study, named “Evaluation of the Safety Profile of an Electronic Vapour Product Used for Two Years by Smokers in a Real-life Setting” found that of the 209 individuals that took part, no serious health concerns were reported. The study also showed that nicotine withdrawal symptoms were reduced with the continued use of vaping products. Michael Kenneally, director of Vape Business Ireland said “The results of the study are very positive and they reaffirm VBI’s position that the HSE needs to start looking at vaping as a viable tool for smoking cessation. International studies increasingly prove that the regulation of vaping products must be looked at separately to tobacco regulation. VBI continue to call on the Department of Health and HSE to provide Irish adults looking for an alternative to smoking with factual and clear information on all alternatives to smoking, specifically on Quit.ie”.    For more information: Telephone: 01 234 2423 / 087 943 3517 E-mail: info@vapebusinessireland.ie...

Irish consumers continue to embrace vaping as a means to moving away from smoking

Minister Catherine Byrne launched the third annual Healthy Ireland survey of almost 7,500 people over the age of 15 and living in Ireland   The survey gives an up-to-date picture of the health of the nation and reports on many lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet and mental health. Vape Business Ireland, Ireland’s largest vaping trade association, welcome the findings which show an increase in those using vaping as a method to successfully quit smoking.  In 2016, 32% of Irish people successfully used vaping products to quit smoking, increasing to 37% in this year’s survey.  Director of VBI Michael Kenneally commented, “Year on year the Department of Health’s survey shows an increase in the use of vaping amongst those looking for an alternative to smoking.  It is evident that these products, which are 95% less harmful than smoking, can be as effective as other tobacco-free alternatives on the market.” The survey also finds that the proportion of the population that smoke has decreased from 23% in 2016 to 22% in 2017 and there is an increase in users of vaping products from 3% in 2016 to 4% in 2017.  Michael continued “For the third year in a row, the survey finds that 99% of users of vaping products are ex-smokers which banishes the myth that these consumer electronic products are a gateway to smoking.  Consumers have the right to be informed of all their options. Therefore we are again calling on the Department of Health and HSE to provide adults looking for an alternative to smoking with factual and clear information on all alternatives to...

Vape Business Ireland call on HSE to follow footsteps of England’s Stoptober campaign and provide information on vaping on Quit.ie

  Vaping will be included in the upcoming Stoptober campaign in England for the first time, after e-cigarettes proved to be the most popular option for smokers looking for an alternative to tobacco during tool in last year’s campaign.  In light of this important decision, Vape Business Ireland (VBI) is again encouraging the HSE to provide Irish consumers with factual information on vaping on their Quit.ie website. Currently Quit.ie does not provide any information on vaping products such as how to use them, descriptions of the different products and links to research.   VBI spokesperson Michael Kenneally said: “We are not looking for a commercial endorsement here. The fact is that there are around 150,000 people using vaping products in Ireland and 99% of them are ex-smokers. There needs to be information about vaping made available for more people who want an alternative to smoking.”   A report into smoking cessation released by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) earlier this year acknowledged that 29% of adult Irish smokers who successfully quit smoking used vaping to do so, falling to 18% for nicotine replacement therapies such as gums and patches. Considering these statistics, VBI is encouraging the HSE to follow in the UK’s footsteps and ensure that all Irish smokers have information made available to them on all viable alternatives to smoking, including...

VBI welcome Tax Strategy Group paper which does not recommend excise on vaping products

Vape Business Ireland (VBI) welcome the recommendation by the Tax Strategy Group (TSG) in their ‘General Excise Paper – Tobacco Products Tax, Alcohol Products Tax and  Betting Duty’ not to impose excise on vaping products at this time.  The TSG recognise that ‘many sources consider e-cigarettes to be a cessation tool’ and that ‘there are risks associated with moving ahead without a harmonised approach [across EU Member States]’. Its confirmation that these products are adequately taxed as a consumer good should prompt other Government departments to open up and discuss vaping as a growing and innovative sector. VBI Director Michael Kenneally commented: “Today’s decision is an important step in Government understanding of vaping and why it has a major role to play in becoming an alternative to smoking. Vaping products are consumer goods where VAT has already been paid.  They do not contain tobacco, and the Department of Health found that 99% of users are current or former tobacco smokers that have used vaping to quit smoking, while this year’s HIQA report on cessation shows that an impressive 29% of adults trying to stop smoking are using vaping as a means to do so. It is important we support those looking for an alternative to smoking and are happy that the TSG recognise taxing such products ‘could in turn undermine the broader public health objective of reducing tobacco consumption.’” Mr Kenneally also hopes that today’s decision is a watershed in the Government’s approach to vaping: “This is a progressive step, just weeks after the British Department of Health published an innovative report on creating a smoke-free generation, including vaping...

Vape Business Ireland again call on the Government to support those looking for a less harmful alternative to smoking, following publications of English ‘Towards a smoke-free generation’ paper.

The Department of Health in England have today published a policy paper, ‘Towards a smoke-free generation: tobacco control plan for England’ which outlines plans to reduce smoking in England with the aim of creating a smoke free generation.   The plan, developed by the English Department of Health commits to supporting consumers who are seeking to stop smoking and adopting the use of less harmful nicotine products, which includes vaping products. Vape Business Ireland Director Michael Kenneally commented on the publication of the report, “This progressive and forward-thinking policy will ensure the consumer who is looking for an alternative to smoking is provided with information and support.  The plan also states that Public Health England will update their evidence report on vaping products annually while in Ireland, unfortunately for smokers looking for an alternative, the Department of Health has so far not considered engaging in its own reseach.” VBI call on our Department of Health and HSE to do the same in Ireland.  Mr Kenneally concluded, “We have around 150,000 users of vaping products in Ireland, of which 99% are ex-smokers and they have quit without getting information from HSE-run Quit.ie.  It begs the question; how many more smokers would consider vaping a viable alternative if our public health bodies were supportive of this 95% less harmful alternative”.   ENDS   For further information: VBI Spokesperson: Michael Kenneally 087 259 7144 VBI Secretariat – Ciaran Bradley – +353 1234 2606   Notes to the Editor:   The British Government’s “Towards a smoke-free generation: tobacco control plan for England” can be found here. Public Health England is an executive agency of the British Department...

World No Tobacco Day: Vape Business Ireland call for Quit.ie to provide information on vaping.

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...