CIEH Urges Caution over Vaping

Publication Date: 21st September 2017

Subject: Public health

Following the news that Public Health England (PHE) are to support Stoptober with a series of TV adverts that encourage the use of vaping to quit smoking, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has urged caution in promoting vaping.

The decision from PHE has already proven controversial, with the National institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issuing guidance raising concerns about the risks and potential benefits of vaping.

CIEH has been one of the leading organisations actively campaigning against smoking, with their membership being responsible for implementing smoke freedom in workplaces and public spaces. 

Responding to the news, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at the CIEH, said:

“We echo the concerns raised by NICE and strongly urge caution in respect of encouraging vaping as an alternative to smoking.

Over the last few years the use of e-cigarettes has become an increasing phenomena and, whist the CIEH continues to recognise the benefits of smokers using vaping as a temporary measure to assist in ultimately stopping smoking, we remain concerned that vaping is becoming increasingly popular with young people and could become a gateway to smoking. We also recognise that there is now increasing amounts of evidence that shows that vaping is of itself harmful. 

Whilst CIEH supports the ‘Stoptober’ campaign, we encourage smokers to take advantage of the full range of support that is available through the NHS in an endeavour to stop smoking and we particularly discourage the use of vaping as an active alternative to smoking.”


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