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  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Mental health hospital to hand out free e-cigarettes to those trying to quit smoking

  • One of the UK's largest mental health hospitals is to hand out free e-cigarettes to those trying to quit smoking, in a deal with a vaping retailer.

    The trust said it would help patients “transform” their health.

    But critics last night said the deal - believed to be the first of its kind - was “extraordinary” at a time when the safety of vaping is under increasing scrutiny. Prof Martin McKee [...] said: “This is an extraordinary time for the NHS to engage in a project like this, in light of what we are seeing in the United States, and the risks of vaping.”

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • E-cigarettes may help more than 50,000 smokers to stop smoking in England each year

  • The study, led by UCL researchers and funded by Cancer Research UK, found that as use of e-cigarettes in quit attempts went up from 2011 onwards, so did the success rate of quitting. And, when the increase in use of e-cigarettes flattened off somewhat around 2015, so did the increase in quit success. This led the team to estimate that in 2017 around 50,700 to 69,930 smokers had stopped who would otherwise have carried on smoking. Lead author Dr Emma Beard [...] commented: "This study builds on population surveys and clinical trials that find e-cigarettes can help smokers to stop. [...]

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Vaping illness, deaths likely very rare beyond U.S., experts say

  • E-cigarette or vaping-linked lung injuries that have killed 29 and sickened more than 1,000 people in the United States are likely to be rare in Britain and other countries where the suspect products are not widely used, specialists said on Monday. Experts in toxicology and addiction said they are sure that the 1,299 confirmed and probable American cases of serious lung injuries linked to vaping are “a U.S.-specific phenomenon,” and there is no evidence of a similar pattern of illness in Britain or elsewhere.

     

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Vaping: 'I'm 17, and rarely ID'd for e-cigs'

  • Almost 40% of sellers targeted by councils in England have been caught illegally allowing children to buy e-cigarette products, a report has found.

    Ninety of the 227 premises tested sold vaping goods to under-age teenagers in 2018-19, data from 34 councils showed.

    Trading Standards - which compiled the research - has called for greater resources to enforce the law.

    Public Health England said vaping was 95% healthier than smoking.

    It is estimated 3.6 million people in the UK now use e-cigarettes.

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Flavoured e-cigarettes should be BANNED after US vaping deaths, chief medical officer says

  • Prof Dame Sally Davies, the country's most senior doctor for almost a decade, said sweet-like flavours could make vaping attractive to children. She also said she is concerned that the long-term health consequences of the devices remains unknown.

    That's despite advice from Public Health England, which claims e-cigarettes are 95 per cent safer than smoking.

    [...] “Vaping is a lot safer than smoking tobacco and probably a good way to help people quit.

    "But I would prefer if if we did not have flavoured e-cigarettes because I think that is the kind of marketing that can appeal to children.

  • Monday, October 14, 2019
  • What is the truth about vaping?

  • The rapid rise of e-cigarettes has spawned a social media subculture, but in recent months fear has spread about the safety of vaping. A number of deaths in the United States have been linked to vaping with hundreds of apparently healthy young people contracting serious lung disease. Meanwhile in the UK, where regulations are far stricter, e-cigarettes are promoted as an effective way for smokers to quit tobacco. So what is the truth about vaping?

    The Observer’s Jamie Doward and the Guardian’s Max Sanderson join Anushka Asthana to discuss the rise of e-cigarettes.