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Press Statements

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... read more

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... read more

The Tobacco Products Directive enters into force this Saturday – VBI asks whether the strict rules will do more harm than good for vapers

As the 20 May deadline approaches, how different is the vaping landscape since the Directive was adopted almost three years ago?   Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPDII) comes into full effect this Saturday, 20 May. Article 20 of this Directive, for the first time, regulates a new consumer electronic product in the form of vaping products (or e-cigarettes). TPDII introduces regulations on safety and quality requirements, obligatory health warnings, rules on promotional elements on vaping products and refill containers, advertising of vaping products, notification requirements, mandatory registration for cross-border selling.   The Tobacco Products Directive (TPDII) treats vaping products as if they were cigarettes, despite the fact that they do not contain tobacco.  This means that they are extremely tightly regulated and subject to provisions which are arguably inappropriate given that vaping products provide adult smokers with an alternative to smoking.  While some say the European Commission and Parliament did not have enough evidence to treat vaping differently back in 2014 when they were adopting the law, that excuse cannot be made today.   The stream of legitimate research from, amongst others, Public Health England, Royal College of Physicians and Cancer Research UK is overwhelmingly positive and shows that vaping, if given the opportunity, can play a major role in offering an alternative to existing adult smokers.   VBI Spokesperson Alan Buckley said, “Despite being legislated for alongside tobacco products, vaping has seen a huge growth of support from medical professional and bodies thanks to the plethora of studies that have been published in the past two years which have suggested they are 95% less harmful... read more

VBI welcome survey which found that more than half of UK vaping product users have quit tobacco.

  UK’s Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) published a survey (found here) which found that 1.5 million vapers are ex-smokers compared with 1.3 million who still use tobacco.  The annual Smokefree GB survey of 12,000 adults found that the main reason people vape is to stop smoking.   Alan Buckley of Vape Business Ireland (VBI) said: “We welcome the strong results of ASH’s survey which gives further evidence that vaping offers a real alternative to smoking.  We also welcome ASH’s statement that it is important for smokers to realise that vaping is much less harmful than smoking.      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. VBI again call on the HSE to provide evidence-based information on the QUIT.ie website.  Imagine the number of smokers who might make the switch to a 95% less harmful alternative if our public health service provided information on vaping which in turn would help us to reach our goal of a Tobacco Free Ireland by... read more

Vape Business Ireland sees many positives in HIQA’s final report on smoking cessation

Vaping second only to Varenicline in cost effectiveness for smokers looking for an alternative to smoking HIQA recommends informing smokers about all alternatives to smoking, including vaping HIQA recognises the role vaping can play in reducing public health expenditure While HIQA has advised the Minister of Health Simon Harris TD to await the results of ongoing trials before deciding whether to recommend vaping products per se, the research clearly points to many positives for the 29% of adult smokers who choose vaping as an alternative to smoking.  Indeed the report acknowledges 29% of adult Irish smokers who choose vaping to successfully quit smoking, that figure falls to 18% for nicotine replacement therapies such as gums and patches.  With 150,000 adult vapers in Ireland, and 99% of vapers being ex-smokers (see Department of Health Healthy Ireland Survey 2016), this is very positive news for those looking to find alternatives to smoking.   HIQA emphasise the importance of an individual being allowed make his/her own decision with respect to cessation and options available including vaping and goes on to advise that information on vaping be discussed with smokers to ensure informed decision-making in relation to their use.  VBI spokesperson Alan Buckley commented  “HIQA notes in its report that information with respect to vaping is not being made available through QUIT.ie and that if results reported so far are confirmed in subsequent trials and e-cigarette usage continues to rise, there is a risk that an ever greater proportion of smoking cessation activity will be undertaken without any involvement of trained smoking cessation staff.  We infer from this that HIQA is supportive of... read more

Healthy Ireland survey: Vape Business Ireland calls for wider understanding of why more people than ever are vaping

Vape Business Ireland (VBI) today called on the Department of Health to expand the ‘Heathy Ireland’ survey to better understand why vaping products are being used*. As more people than ever are turning to vaping products as an alternative to smoking, VBI contend that better information is necessary to understand how many people are vaping, and why. VBI spokesperson Michael Kenneally said: “With the increase in people using vaping products, the Department of Health needs to ensure that they understand where people are getting information on vaping products and why upwards of 150,000 ex-smokers are choosing them over other quit devices.” According to the 2015 Healthy Ireland survey, an estimated 100-150,000 people are now using vaping products in Ireland. Kenneally continued: “It is vital that the State is asking in-depth questions to vaping products users, in order to better disseminate information about vaping products as an alternative to smoking.” The announcement follows VBI’s request that information about vaping be published on quit.ie, so that smokers looking to quit have all of the information available to them. Last year, the Royal College of Physicians recommended that “in the interests of public health it is important to promote the use of [vaping products] as widely as possible” as an alternative to... read more

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

With ‘No Smoking Day’ on Wednesday 1st March, 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 Lyndsey Clarke 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. Imagine the number of smokers who might make the switch to a 95% less harmful alternative if our public health service provided information on vaping”. There has been much credible research published on vaping in recent years and VBI find it disappointing that the Department of Health and HSE will not provide the information to smokers looking for an alternative to smoking.  VBI contends that it is vital for public health that smokers are aware of the alternatives available to them.  Lyndsey continued “The Department of Health are behind the curve on this issue, and VBI call on them to use the publicly-available information on vaping on... read more

Vape Business Ireland response to excise consultation calls for vaping not to be subject to excise because they are not cigarettes but rather offer an alternative to smoking

Vape Business Ireland (VBI) submitted their response to the European Commission’s public consultation on excise duties applied to manufactured tobacco, specifically on a tobacco cigarette-style excise tax on vaping products which they argue is entirely inappropriate. Vaping products are not cigarettes and do not contain tobacco.  Michael Kenneally, Director of Vape Business Ireland stated “There are between 100,000-150,000 users in Ireland, of which 99% are ex-smokers.  We should not be punishing people from trying to quit smoking by placing a tax on a consumer electronic product. “   Despite the continuous growth of the vaping sector and its users in Ireland, no public money is being provided to ensure ex-smokers are receiving evidence-based information on vaping.  Michael concluded “We already know that 32% of those who quit smoking used vaping to do so, therefore it is time the Department of Health and the HSE provided adults with information on vaping”.   ENDS   For Further Information:   Michael Kenneally, VBI Director and Spokesperson –  +353 87 2597144 VBI Secretariat: Olivia Brennan – +353 (0) 1 234 2423 Notes to the Editor:   Full consultation response can be found here. Main points are: Vaping products do not contain tobacco and are not cigarettes and therefore should not be taxed as such Research published by Cancer Research UK on 7 February 2017, which is the first long-term study of the effects of vaping in ex-smokers, found that after six months’ people who switched from cigarettes to vaping products had far fewer toxins and cancer-causing substances in their bodies than smokers In July 2016, the Irish Tax Strategy Group (TSG)7 acknowledged that... read more

Vape Business Ireland call on Irish Cancer Society to back UK counterpart research that vaping is safer than smoking

Vape Business Ireland (VBI) welcome the research, funded by Cancer Research UK, published this morning titled Nicotine, Carcinogen, and Toxin Exposure in Long-Term E-Cigarette and Nicotine Replacement Therapy Users: A Cross-sectional Study (full research here).   The study, which is the first long-term study of the effects of vaping in ex-smokers, found that after six months’ people who switched from cigarettes to vaping products had far fewer toxins and cancer-causing substances in their bodies than smokers.  The vaping results were also comparable to the Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products. VBI call on the Irish Cancer Society to endorse this research, which was carried out by their UK counterpart.  VBI Spokesperson Keith Flynn welcomed the research “We hope this research will encourage the Department of Health and the Irish Cancer Society to embrace the potential vaping has as an alternative to smoking.  There is now a substantial body of evidence and research to take a position, with between 100,000-150,000 users in Ireland and they need support and information on vaping products, whether through Quit.ie, or otherwise, so that consumers are fully informed.”   For Further Comment:   VBI Spokesperson Keith Flynn: Mobile +353 87 2401883 Phone: +353 (0) 14504642 Secretariat: (01) 234 2423   Notes to the Editor: Vape Business Ireland is a business alliance committed to an open debate about vaping products in Ireland. We have formed this alliance to ensure that our sector, and the consumers we represent, are properly represented in the debate on the regulation of vaping products which must be balanced and evidence-based.  Brands include: Aqua Vape, blu, Logic, Gamucci, Hale Vaping, NEXVAP and... read more

Vape Business Ireland respond to HIQA public consultation on smoking cessation interventions HTA

Vaping business alliance welcome the draft HTA report but call on HIQA and Department of Health to clarify what research they believe is required and to undertake that research, in order to provide essential information to those using vaping products as an alternative to smoking. HIQA HTA consultation closed on 3 February 2017. In their consultation response VBI, which was set up to foster an open and informative debate about vaping products in Ireland, note that the UK’s quit smoking services provide consumers with information and support on using vaping products as an alternative to smoking.  Spokesperson for VBI, Keith Flynn commented “The Department of Health’s own research, Healthy Ireland Survey 2016, found that of those who successfully quit smoking, 32% use vaping to do so.  However, neither the HSE or Department of Health provide consumers with information or support on vaping products which is ludicrous given the results of their own research.  Ireland has a target of less than 5% smoking prevalence rate by 2025 yet we don’t provide adults with the information they require”.   Keith concluded “We hope HIQA and more urgently the Department of Health and the HSE will take a serious look at undertaking research in Ireland and provide for it in our health and Quit.ie services in order to provide consumers with the facts”.   For Further Comment:   VBI Spokesperson Keith Flynn: Mobile +353 87 2401883 Phone: +353 (0) 14504642   Notes to the Editor:   VBI is encouraged by the findings of the Draft Report from which we draw the following conclusions and observations:   1. The Draft Report recognises the role... read more