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Hospitals should start selling vaping products – new recommendation from Public Health England

Hospitals should start selling vaping products – new recommendation from Public Health England

Vape Business Ireland (VBI) has welcomed a new review from Public Health England (PHE) published today which is recommending that health bodies and the NHS in the UK make vaping products available in hospital shops, alongside other nicotine replacement therapies. The review has determined that vaping products could be contributing to at least 20,000 successful cases of quitting smoking per year in the UK. According to Healthy Ireland, smoking rates have only declined by 1% in the last two years. VBI is stressing that the Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Ireland plan will never be reached unless vaping is endorsed by Health Authorities.

VBI Director Michael Kenneally said “Yet again through evidence based research it has been found that vaping is an effective and better alternative to smoking. This research, along with many others published by organisations like Cancer Research UK, Royal College of Physicians and ASH UK, again highlights the lack of action by the HSE.  Quit.ie needs to provide information on vaping products to Irish smokers who want to take steps to quit smoking. 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 nicotine replacement therapies.”

For further information:

Telephone: 01 234 2423 / 087 943 3517

E-mail: info@vapebusinessireland.ie

 

Notes to the Editor:

  • The research shows that smokers who switch completely from smoking to vaping experience substantial health benefits.
  • The review also found evidence that despite previous reports, vaping products do not encourage youth smokers and youth smoking rates are actually in decline.The review has found that the use of e-cigarettes along with support from local stop smoking services is the most successful method of quitting smoking.
  • The National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training provides a briefing document   to assist stop smoking services support people who want to use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to help them quit smoking [1], while the HSE still does not provide any information on e-cigarettes or vaping to Irish smokers trying to quit. 

[1] http://www.ncsct.co.uk/publication_electronic_cigarette_briefing.php

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

 

Department of Health – Labeling revision

The Department of Health has today revised their guidelines for Regulation 30 of the European Union (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of Tobacco and Related Products) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 271 of 2016) as amended by S.I. No. 252 of 2017.

The new guidance does not restrict the use of words which denote flavourings, such as “orange” or “cherry”, on unit packets and outside packaging of electronic cigarettes or refill containers.

The full guidance note can be found and downloaded HERE

For any more information, please contact VBI at info@vapebusinessireland.ie or Phone: +353 (01) 234 2423

CLP Regulation

Following the publication of ‘European Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures’, also known as CLP Regulation, Vape Business Ireland has put together a poster for all retailers to have in the back of your shop or offices to help ensure that you are complying with the new regulations.

 

The poster can be downloaded HERE

If you require any further information, please contact us at info@vapebusinessireland.ie or call (01) 234 2423

New rules for the sale of vaping products – What you need to know

Following the final implementation date of the Tobacco Products Directive which regulates the advertising and display of vaping products Vape Business Ireland has put together a poster for all retailers to have in the back of their shop or offices to help ensure that you are complying with the new regulations.

The poster can be found and downloaded HERE

 

If you require any further information, please contact us at info@vapebusinessireland.ie or call (01) 234 2423

UKVIA & Vape Business Ireland Joint response to consultation in Northern Ireland

UK Vaping Industry Association and Vape Business Ireland welcome the proposal to introduce a minimum age limit of 18 for buying nicotine inhaling products, including vaping products in Northern Ireland. We welcome this move to bring Northern Ireland into line with
the rest of the UK by introducing minimum age limit for vaping products sales, and the introduction of the offences of underage selling or proxy selling of nicotine inhaling products.

See our full response here

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 smoking, specifically on Quit.ie”. 

Link to Healthy Ireland 2017 here.

Summary of findings:

  • 47% of all who have smoked in the past 12 months have made an attempt to quit
  • 42% of current smokers have made an attempt in the past 12 months
  • 13% are currently trying to quit, and 57% are at least thinking about quitting
  • Of those who have quit smoking in the past 12 months, 37% used e-cigarettes
  • 16% overall have tried e-cigarettes at some point, and 4% currently use them
  • 18% of those who have tried to quit smoking in the past year are current users of e-cigarettes
  • Almost half (47%) of all current smokers have tried e-cigarettes at some point, compared with 16% of ex-smokers
  • Less than 1% of non-smokers use e-cigarettes and vaping products
  • Proportion of population that smoke has gone from 23% in 2016 to 22%

Vape Business Ireland welcome new research that shows no evidence that e-cigarettes are leading young people into smoking

Vape Business Ireland today welcome a ground-breaking study in the UK that shows that shows no evidence that vaping products are leading young people into smoking.

The study was carried out by the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, Public Health England, Action on Smoking and Health and the DECIPHer Centre at the University of Cardiff. They carried out five large-scale surveys between 2015 and 2017, involving over 60,000 11-16 yar-olds.

‘Young People’s Use of E-Cigarettes across the United Kingdom’ found that regular use of vaping products amongst all young people was 3% or less. Among young people who smoke regularly, use of vaping products ranged from 7% – 38%. Among those who have never smoked, regular use of vaping products was negligible – between 0.1% – 0.5%.

Martin Dockrell, Tobacco Policy Manager, Public Health England commented: “The findings in this study suggest that in terms of protecting children we are broadly getting the balance right in the UK.  We have a regulatory system that aims to protect children and young people while ensuring adult smokers have access to safer nicotine products that can help them stop smoking. This includes a minimum age of sale, tight restrictions on marketing, and comprehensive quality and safety requirements. We will continue to monitor the trends in e-cigarette use alongside those in smoking.”

VBI are calling on the Department of Health to take heed of the research being done in the UK, and the results that they are providing. VBI would like to see similar studies carried out in Ireland, to provide a greater understanding of how vaping can contribute to the Government’s goal of a tobacco-free Ireland by 2025.

The report can be read here, while information fromAction on Smoking and Health UK can be found here.

HIQA publishes Health Technology Assessment into smoking cessation interventions

HIQA published their Health Technology Assessment (HTA) into smoking cessation interventions on 10th April. The impetus behind the assessment was to better understand the most cost-effective options available to the government, to reach its stated goal of a Tobacco Free Ireland’ by 2025. It is the first report in the EU to look at the cost effectiveness of vaping as a cessation aid, and was carried out by HIQA’s Director of Health Technology Assessment, Dr Máirín Ryan.

 

  • Dr Ryan said that she could not recommend vapes as a cessation aid yet, and “advises the Minister to await the results of ongoing trials before deciding whether to recommend e-cigarettes.”
  • Despite promising results, HIQA found that there was not enough evidence to demonstrate reliably vaping products’ effectiveness as an aid to quitting.
  • Any future advocacy of vaping products should also “take into consideration any additional information on the long-term safety of e-cigarettes use.”
  • Any future decision to promote vaping products was also dependent on “any emerging data [concerning] the social normalisation of e-cigarettes leading to increased uptake among people who have never smoked, or later migration to tobacco cigarettes.”
  • According to data from the Healthy Ireland survey 2015, half of smokers attempting to quit smoking in Ireland do so without aid. A further 29% of smokers try to quit using e-cigarettes as a cessation aid.

You can read the report for yourself here. You can also find VBI’s response to the findings here.