What do experts say about vaping?

What do experts say about vaping?

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At Vapourcore, we believe that vaping is an excellent and effective way to quit smoking. Nearly all of our staff, from our head office and warehouse to our sales assistants in stores are keen vapers who have used electronic cigarettes to quit smoking. Of course, we are enthusiastic about promoting vape products as an effective method to stop smoking for good. But don't just take our word for it! Below are the words of some experts who have weighed in on the issue.

John Newton, Health Improvement Director, Public Health England

Public Health England is an executive agency responsible for protecting the nation against health hazards and researching public health challenges. They are responsible for the landmark review in 2015 which found that vaping was up to 95% safer than smoking.

"Almost half of smokers have never tried an e-cigarette possibly because they have views about how risky they are which are not founded on the evidence. We really want to get the message out that they really should consider using an e-cigarette because they're a lot better for them than continuing to smoke." BBC News
"It would be tragic if thousands of smokers who could quit with the help of an e-cigarette are being put off due to false fears about their safety." Public Health England

Martin Dockrell, Tobacco Control Lead, Public Health England

Mr. Dockrell previously worked for Action on Smoking and Health, a charity organisation which works to combat the health issues caused by tobacco.

"E-cigarettes are not 100% risk-free but they are clearly much less harmful than smoking. Any smoker considering e-cigarettes should switch completely without delay." BBC News

Ann McNeil, Professor of Tobacco Addiction, Kings College London

Professor McNeil is the lead author of Public Health England's 2018 e-cigarette evidence review. The review found that vaping poses substantially less health risks than smoking and that switching to e-cigarettes can promote multiple health benefits, and that vaping could be responsible for more than 20,000 smokers quitting per year.

"People smoke for the nicotine, but contrary to what the vast majority believe, nicotine causes little if any of the harm. The toxic smoke is the culprit and is the overwhelming cause of all the tobacco-related disease and death. " Public Health England

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Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy, University of Stirling

Linda Bauld is Professor of Health Policy and Dean of Research at the University of Stirling. She is also a Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies and holds the Chair in Behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention at Cancer Research UK. She has conducted applied research on smoking for 20 years.
"There is now very strong evidence, from a range of studies, that vaping - inhaling nicotine without the combustion involved in smoking - is far less risky than smoking cigarettes." The Guardian

Emma Ward, Senior Research Associate, UEA Norwich Medical School

Most e-cigarettes in England are purchased through specialist vape shops. Dr. Ward conducted research into how vape shop environments play a role in quitting smoking. The research found that vape shops support quitters by providing them with tailored product advice and by offering an ongoing point of contact for additional support. As well as this, vape shops offer an opportunity to socialise with other vapers. 
At Vapourcore, we have often seen our store customers recommend each other e-liquids or check out one another's devices, and we think it is fantastic! Most vapers are keen to chat about their devices or their latest favourite flavour, so if you ever spot someone using a great looking device in store and want to ask about it, we'd recommend that you go right ahead!
"Previous evidence suggests that 90 per cent of attempts to quit smoking eventually end in relapse. Smokers are addicted to nicotine, but there are also lots of complex psychosocial behaviours associated with smoking. Nicotine replacement therapy doesn’t always address the behavioural and social aspects of smoking, but switching to e-cigarettes can be a really effective way to stop." University of East Anglia

Konstantinos Farsalinos, Research Fellow, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center Athens

Dr. Farsalinos is a research fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece, and at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Patras, Greece. He has been conducting laboratory and clinical research on e-cigarettes as principle investigator since 2011. As of 2016, he had published more than 40 studies and articles in international peer-reviewed scientific journals about smoking, tobacco harm reduction, and e-cigarettes. If you are interested in ongoing e-cigarette research, we think Dr. Farsalinos is one to watch! Recently, Dr. Farsalinos conducted research into how flavoured e-liquid can affect whether smokers quit successfully, due to the US government announcing that were were accepting comments on how and if they should regulate flavours in e-liquid.

Dedicated e-cigarette users who are also former smokers report that switching between flavors within the same day is common and that regular use of multiple e-liquid flavors was associated with significantly higher odds of having quit smoking, with fruit and sweet flavors being the most popular choices among established long-term vapers" Docket submitted to the FDA

Riccardo Polosa, Director of Institute of Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology, University of Catania 

Professor Riccardo Polosa is Director of the Institute for Internal and Emergency Medicine of the University of Catania in Italy.  He is also an Honorary Professor of Medicine at Southampton University.  He is author of more than 250 peer reviewed articles and books mainly covering repiratory medicine, clinical immunology, and tobacco addiction.  Professor Polosa and his research team have lead several clinical trials on e-cigarettes, including a major 3.5 year long study on the effects of vaping on the lungs of those who have never smoked. Most vaping studies look at smokers who might have pre-existing damage to their lungs due to cigarette smoking.
"“In spite of previous health scares, our study shows for the first time no risk in long-term vapers who have never smoked in their life."  American Vaping Association
When showing a (completely normal) lung scan of a vaper who had never smoked, Polosa reportedly said "This is a very boring picture because it shows nothing."  American Vaping Association
Nowadays there is no end to the amount of fantastic research, news and studies all about vaping. We will continue to keep you all updated as when more are revealed. There are some incredibly dedicated doctors, scientists and researchers all studying the health benefits and effectiveness of switching to vaping. Hopefully, if you had any doubts or worries this has helped you to decide whether vaping is right for you.

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