News — E-cigarettes

Can e-cigarettes claim to be healthy?

Can e-cigarettes claim to be healthy?

Following a consultation, and in light of sector-wide changes to the likely availability and quality of evidence and a regulatory regime setting product standards, CAP and BCAP have lifted the blanket ban on health claims for e-cigarettes. A health claim is any claim that a relationship exists between an e-cigarette, or one of its constituents, and health. So does this mean that marketers are now free to advertise their e-cigarettes as healthy? Or at least, that they are safer than tobacco?TPD prohibitions still applyNot so fast. Firstly, the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) is in force, so the relaxation of...

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Government says vaping 95% safer than smoking in push to get smokers to switch to e-cigarettes

Government says vaping 95% safer than smoking in push to get smokers to switch to e-cigarettes

Public Health England to counter 'false fears' over vaping's safetyThe government is launching a campaign to convince smokers vaping is a significantly less damaging alternative to smoking. Public Health England (PHE) says e-cigarettes are 95 per cent safer than tobacco, but that fewer than half of smokers are aware of this fact. In a bid to counter "false fears" about vaping's safety, a new film by PHE demonstrates how the toxic chemicals and tar inhaled by an average smoker in just one month compares with not smoking or using an e-cigarette.The health agency released footage from an experiment to show...

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Smoking ban should not apply to e-cigarettes and vaping should be allowed at work, in pubs and on trains, MPs say

Smoking ban should not apply to e-cigarettes and vaping should be allowed at work, in pubs and on trains, MPs say

E-cigarettes are exempt from smoke-free legislation but are blanket banned by many businesses and public transport operators – this makes safer alternative less attractive, Science and Technology Committee warnsTrain operators, pubs and employers should rethink blanket bans on e-cigarette use which make smokers less likely to quit tobacco products and are not backed by evidence, MPs have said.A major report the Commons Science and Technology Committee has warned smokers are dying as a result of ministers’ misconceptions about the risks of e-cigarettes, and calls for a national debate and regulatory overhaul.Most public and private organisations have extended bans on smoking...

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