Welcome to the fourth weekly round-up of e-cigarette stories. At Gamucci we are always trying our keep our customers informed about the latest going-on's in the world of electronic cigarettes. Supplementing our main stories - this compilation will give you a brief snapshot of all the e-cigarette news you may have missed over the past week.
#1 David Cameron: E-Cigarettes 'Legitimate Path' to Health Improvement
At Gamucci, we were pleased to hear Prime Minister David Cameron’s comments at this past weeks Prime Ministers Questions on the subject of electronic cigarettes.
Responding to a question from MP Mark Pawsey, who is renowned for his advocacy of vaping, the Prime Minister called on his own experience of trying to stop smoking to assert the potential of e-cigarettes, claiming: “Lots of people find different ways of doing it and clearly for some people e-cigarettes are successful”
The Prime Minister said that it was , "promising to see that over a million people are estimated to have used e-cigarettes to help them quit or have replaced smoking with e-cigarettes completely."
Adding, "I think we should be making it clear that this is a very legitimate path for many people to improve their health and therefore the health of the nation.”
Furthermore, Mr Cameron called for the government to follow expert advice when planning for future legislation, which may effect the electronic cigarette industry. He argued that more needs to be done to examine the evidence, especially the report from Public Health England - which he highlighted in his speech. The health body recently concluded that e-cigarettes were around 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes.
The Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association chief scientific officer Tom Pruen said “It is extremely heartening to see recognition of the huge benefits that electronic cigarettes have provided to the UK’s current and former smokers.
“It is however a shame that many of these benefits are threatened by European legislation that comes into force from next year.”
Please note, Gamucci is simply an electronic alternative to tobacco cigarettes.
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#2 Scotland's Largest Health Board to Allow E-Cigarettes on Hospital Grounds
Having banned tobacco smoking on hospital grounds back in April, vaping was seen as a strong alternative for allowing nicotine consumption in it's place; however 13 health boards at the time also used this opportunity to restrict use of e-cigarettes.
This week though, NHS Lothian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde have reversed their decision after new evidence was presented that may show e-cigarettes to help tackle tobacco smoking.
Dr Emilia Crighton, NHS GGC's director of public health, said: "It is clear from research carried out by Public Health England, ourselves and others, that e-cigarettes do have their place in the fight against tobacco and are being used effectively to help people stop smoking altogether.
"In NHS GGC we have carried out our own research which has revealed that some 32% of smokers in our health board area intend to use e-cigarettes in their next quit attempt and that 18% of recent ex-smokers used them to help give up tobacco in the past 12 months.
"It is therefore very important that we organise our services to ensure that that we can safely and effectively manage the use e-cigarettes as part of suite of services to help people give up tobacco."
The health board argue this policy change is "consistent with guidance recently published by Health Scotland which recommends that NHS smoking cessation services should support those choosing to quit smoking by using e-cigarettes".
NHS GGC said it would now be identifying specific areas within hospital grounds and other healthcare facilities where e-cigarettes would be permitted.
Staff, patients and visitors would then be informed that tobacco and e-cigarettes were treated differently with information provided on where e-cigarettes could be used.
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#3 Rolling Stone: E-Cig's Inconvenient Truth: "It's Much Safer to Vape"
The Rolling Stone has called for a new discussion centring on the facts about nicotine, rather than the physical similarities with tobacco when discussing vaping.
Highlighting both the results of Public Health England's landmark study earlier this year, and the decades long research of hugely respected scientists, including Michael Russell - who is widely regarded as the godfather of tobacco control; the magazine asserted that a public re-education of the make-up and benefits of nicotine may change how the public view electronic cigarettes, and consequently the benefits.
"The crux of the British report (Public Health England) is that such misconceptions represent a public health failure, one that could be reversed by highlighting the comparative safety of e-cigs for current smokers"
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