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New data on vaping already in the public domain
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New data on vaping already in the public domain
Those who follow the vaping industry will be aware that Public Health England recently caught the headlines with a report suggesting electronic cigarettes are 95% less harmful than their tobacco counterparts. Yes, while this particular report seems to have grabbed the headlines the suggestion that vaping is 95% less harmful than tobacco products is not new. This has been around for some time now although on the whole it was ignored and in some cases dismissed by the very people who are today using this report as a means of pushing electronic cigarettes.

So, we have to ask ourselves, why all of a sudden is a suggestion that electronic cigarettes are nowhere near as harmful as their tobacco counterparts being taken so seriously?

Is this too little too late?

If we take a look back at the recent history of the vaping industry it is dominated by individuals and corporations dismissing the benefits and the people who support the sector. In many ways the pros and cons of the vaping industry are only now being discussed in the open and in many ways this is down to the influence and money of the industry’s opponents. There have been suggestions that switching from tobacco products to vaping devices could save millions of lives and we can only estimate the impact of the delayed acknowledgement of these benefits.

Did politicians jump the gun?

At a time when the Welsh authorities have already “made their mind up” it seems that the eventual acknowledgement that electronic cigarettes could be a useful smoke cessation aid has been delayed far too long. Many voters look to their local and national politicians for guidance and the guidance so far to date has most certainly been against the vaping industry. Indeed, the sector itself has opened a very interesting and potentially large employment market even if many politicians are doing their best to limit short to medium term growth. Why did the politicians seemingly jump to the wrong conclusion without considering balanced evidence?

Why has it taken so long?

In many ways the release of the “95% less harmful data” (or should we say the rerelease) has only been recognised by the wider media because of the influence and power of Public Health England. When it was initially discussed, some years ago, by prominent medical professionals they were ridiculed by their colleagues and many saw their careers hit. Will those professionals now accepting the word of Public Health England be in apologetic mood to their colleagues who suffered due to their past support of the sector?

Who is pulling the strings?

Whether the momentum of more positive data when comparing the vaping industry against its tobacco counterpart has become too great or politicians have decided to change side, something has happened. This sea change in political/medical opinion will take some time to filter through to all areas with bodies such as the World Health Organisation firmly against supporting the industry and in favour of strict regulations. The World Health Organisation is just one of a number of bodies that appear unable or unwilling to accept medical facts and support what many believe is the best opportunity in our lifetime to rid the world of tobacco addiction.

Conclusion

It is ironic to see that the so-called “95%” figure reported by Public Health England has hit the headlines when indeed this figure has been mentioned by numerous medical professionals in years gone by. At the time they were ridiculed and dismissed as impartial but all of a sudden it seems that the electronic cigarette industry is being hijacked by the political and medical elite. Will we ever find out what prompted this sea change in opinion? Perhaps more importantly, what is their underlying goal?

For more information on OK Electronic Cigarettes and the various products available please visit the OKCigs website.
27-08-2015 03:07 PM
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Perhaps they have realized that, ultimately, controls on such a relatively simple technology cannot be enforced and have reluctantly come to the conclusion:

"If you can't beat'em - join'em!"

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Careful... he's packing two i134 Terminators. Scare
27-08-2015 10:40 PM
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Great write-up as always, Mark. I added quotes around "New" in the title when I linked it on Twitter, hope you don't mind Tongue
28-08-2015 04:13 AM
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Not a problem Michael Smile

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10-09-2015 10:07 PM
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