Stopping Smoking with E-Cigarettes

The list of information and aids to assist in stopping smoking with e-cigarettes is in abundance on the internet and available on many websites. What we have attempted to do on this page is compile the best of that information, promote the facts about e-cigarettes, e-liquids, and vaping to give you the best possible chance of stopping smoking by vaping. At the bottom of each article, there is a link to the source of information. This allows you to confirm the authenticity of information as well as confirming the source.

Best of luck, from Mantle Europe, in your quest to give up the stinkies, we wish you every success!

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VApril 2021 Vaping Awareness Month

VApril is back and this year it’s going digital to help reach out to UK smokers and vapers during the coronavirus lockdown, and continue to offer specialist advice for anyone who has already stopped smoking or is looking to quit.

In just three years VApril has established itself as the largest campaign worldwide to help smokers successfully switch to vaping, which is recognised by Public Health England as being at least 95% less harmful than conventional cigarettes.

Today there are some 3m plus vapers who were former smokers and according to One Poll research amongst nearly 2,000 adults, 72% of smokers who were aware of VApril said that the campaign had influenced them to make the switch to vaping.

Whether you’re a first-time vaper or you’ve never given it a go – there’s tonnes of advice to help you make the switch that could see you quitting smoking for good.

FACTS NOT FICTION

1.Perceptions of harm from vaping among smokers are increasingly incorrect and out of line with the evidencePublic Health England Vaping Evidence Review 2020
2.Vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smokingPublic Health England, Vaping Evidence Review 2019
3.Nearly two thirds of vapers (68%) said they never thought they would quit smoking until vaping came alongOne Poll research, March 2019
4.Within just one month of switching tobacco for electronic cigarettes, measures of blood vessel health, including blood pressure and stiffness of their arteries, had started to improveBritish Heart Foundation/University of Dundee, November 2019
5.In Local Stop Smoking Services, a standard e-cigarette was twice as effective at helping smokers to quit compared with the quitters’ choice of combination nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)National Institute for Health Research/ Cancer Research UK, February 2019
6.The UK has some of the strictest regulations for e-cigarettes in the world under the Tobacco & Related Products Regulations 2016Public Health England 2019
7.E-cigarettes helped an additional 50-70,000 smokers in England to quit in a single yearUniversity College London, October 2019
8.There have been no identified health risks of passive vaping to bystandersPublic Health England Vaping Evidence Review 2018
9.Over 3m smokers have already used vaping to quit or reduce their smokingAction on Smoking and Health 2018
10.Smoking cigarettes cost around 3.5 times as much as using e-cigarettesCancer Research UK 2018

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Using e-cigarettes to stop smoking

In recent years, e-cigarettes have become a very popular stop smoking aid in the UK. Also known as vapes or e-cigs, they’re far less harmful than cigarettes and can help you quit smoking for good.
An e-cigarette is a device that allows you to inhale nicotine in a vapour rather than smoke.
E-cigarettes do not burn tobacco and do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most damaging elements in tobacco smoke.
They work by heating a liquid that typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerine, and flavourings. Using an e-cigarette is known as vaping.
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/quit-smoking/using-e-cigarettes-to-stop-smoking/

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E-cigarettes around 95% less harmful than tobacco estimates landmark review

Expert independent review concludes that e-cigarettes have potential to help smokers quit.
From: Public Health EnglandPublished: 19 August 2015
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An expert independent evidence review published today by Public Health England (PHE) concludes that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to health than tobacco and have the potential to help smokers quit smoking.

Key findings of the review include:

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8 things to know about e-cigarettes

Vaping is not risk free but is far less harmful than smoking. Our advice remains that people who smoke are better to switch completely to vaping but if you have never been a smoker, don’t start to vape.

This blog, published to coincide with PHE’s latest independent evidence report, looks at some of the most common misconceptions around e-cigarettes and provides the facts.

  1. E-cigarettes and the US lung injury outbreak
    Last August, vapers began to arrive at emergency rooms across the US suffering from serious lung injuries. It was not immediately clear what was behind the outbreak, which led to 68 deaths over the following months. You can read our advice here.

Based partly on the fact that the outbreak affected a very specific population and how the rate of new cases peaked and fell we wrote to the Lancet to explain that a “bad batch” of illicit cannabis vaping products may be to blame. However, in response to the outbreak, regulators around the world started taking nicotine vaping products off the market whilst tobacco cigarettes remained available, discouraging smokers from switching.

US authorities have since identified vitamin E acetate added to cannabis products as a “primary cause” of the outbreak. Vitamin E acetate is banned from UK regulated nicotine-containing e-cigarettes.

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  1. Vaping and heart disease
    A controversial study that reported that vapers had the same risk of heart disease as smokers was recently withdrawn by the journal as it did not take into consideration that almost all the vapers involved were current or former smokers.

A better understanding of the effect of e-cigarettes on the heart is beginning to emerge. A randomised control trial that measured the vascular effects of smokers switching to vaping was published in December with encouraging results. Those who switched to e-cigarettes completely experienced the largest improvement in their vascular health, getting close to the healthy “control”. Larger studies with longer follow up will provide greater confidence. The debate continues here and here.

  1. Harms compared to smoking
    Only one in three adults in England knows that vaping is far less harmful than smoking. Yet in 2018 the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) found that the available evidence suggests e-cigarettes are “far less harmful” than conventional smoking.

Public Health England’s 2015 independent evidence report, concluded that: “While vaping may not be 100% safe, most of the chemicals causing smoking-related disease are absent and the chemicals which are present pose limited danger.”

More research is needed into the relative harms of e-cigarettes. Last month PHE commissioned the final and most ambitious report in the current series of e-cigarette updates. A team that combines authors of PHE’s previous reports with other international experts are starting work on a wide range of systematic reviews, including one on safety, to permit our most authoritative assessment in 2022.

  1. Harms of nicotine
    Four out of 10 smokers and ex-smokers wrongly think nicotine causes most of the smoking-related cancers, when evidence shows nicotine actually carries minimal risk of harm to health. Although nicotine is the reason people become addicted to smoking, it is the thousands of other chemicals contained in cigarette smoke that cause almost all of the harm.
  2. Quitting smoking
    A major UK NIHR funded clinical trial was published in February 2019. Involving nearly 900 participants, it found that in Local Stop Smoking Services, a standard e-cigarette was twice as effective at helping smokers to quit compared with the quitters’ choice of combination nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

A separate study from UCL found that e-cigarettes helped an additional 50-70,000 smokers in England to quit in a single year.

  1. Harms to bystanders
    The evidence is clear that exposure to second hand smoke is harmful, which is why the UK has laws prohibiting smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces. These laws do not cover vaping and organisations are free to make their own policies on vaping on their premises.

E-cigarette liquid is typically composed of nicotine, propylene glycol and/or glycerine, and flavourings. Unlike cigarettes, there is no side-stream vapour emitted by an e-cigarette into the atmosphere, just the exhaled aerosol.

Our 2018 report found there have been no identified health risks of passive vaping to bystanders and our 2022 report will review the evidence again. People with asthma and other respiratory conditions can be sensitive to a range of environmental irritants, and PHE advises organisations to take this into account and make adjustments to policies where appropriate.

  1. Vaping and youth smoking
    Our latest report found no evidence to support concern that e-cigarettes are increasing youth smoking. UK surveys show that young people are experimenting with e-cigarettes, but regular use is rare and confined almost entirely to those who already smoke. Meanwhile, smoking rates among young people in the UK continue to decline.

Concerns that e-cigarettes might be “renormalising smoking” were addressed in a 2019 study. PHE continues to monitor the trends in vaping and smoking among young people. We have recently commissioned research on the role of flavourings in youth vaping and in adult switching.

  1. E-cigarettes regulation
    The UK has well established regulation for e-cigarettes. Under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, nicotine containing e-cigarette products are subject to minimum standards of quality and safety, as well as packaging and labelling requirements to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed choices.

Advertising is tightly restricted and all products must be notified by manufacturers with detailed information to the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, which prohibits certain ingredients.

This autumn an international report ranked the UK top for action to block tobacco industry influence. PHE regularly advises local authorities to reject approaches from tobacco companies.

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/03/05/8-things-to-know-about-e-cigarettes/

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Is vaping harmful?

  • Research so far shows that e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking. 
     
  • For people who smoke, e-cigarettes are an option to help them stop. 
     
  • E-cigarettes are not risk-free. We don’t yet know their long-term effects, so people who have never smoked shouldn’t use them.
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  • What are e-cigarettes?
    Electronic cigarettes are also known as e-cigarettes or vapes. They heat a liquid so that it becomes a vapour that people can breathe in. They usually contain nicotine, which is the addictive chemical in cigarettes. E-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, which is the harmful part of cigarettes.

And Now The Financial Bit…

On average, an e-cigarette user spends less than half as much on vaping as someone does on smoking.

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/smoking-and-cancer/is-vaping-harmful