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This 5 NEWS TV story is a quick two-minute video about vaping - recent research has shown just how effective e-cigarettes are at helping people quit smoking and despite this research, many people are still confused about whether or not vaping is still a safer alternative to smoking. 

Jan 31, 2020, the IBVTA launches #VapingSavesLives campaign.

The Independent British Vaping Trade Association (IBVTA) has released a leaflet to help clear the air on misinformation in media headlines about vaping by summarising the facts based on overwhelming credible sources of medical and scientific research. Read more

Download the leaflet here

Today (28 January 2020) sees in a major shift in policy from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) with the released of a guide for health professionals for reducing smoking rates which includes the use of e-cigarettes (vaping) as a second-line aid for smokers wanting to quit smoking. (Supporting smoking cessation: A guide for health professionals (2nd edition) (“the guide”)).

Nicholas Zwar, chairman of the expert advisory group behind the RACPG guide mentioned that the first-line aid were those products that have been tested and approved by the TGA but if a smoker has not succeeded in quitting using these methods (eg, nicotine patches and gums) and they are interested in nicotine vaping, there is some evidence of benefit and they could be considered as an aid.

The guide does stipulate caveats that smokers should be aware the long-term health effects of vaping are unknown.

For further detailed reading about the RACGPs recommendations see:

A bold plan to help more Australians to quit smoking 28 Jan 2020

Supporting smoking cessation: A guide for health professionals Chapter 2 Pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation

SMH: 28 Jan 2020 GPs cautiously recommend e-cigarettes to help smokers give up

Concerned about the recent sensational headlines appearing in the media warning that “vaping” has been the cause of some clusters of serious respiratory illnesses in the US? 

The media is using the term ‘’vaping’’ and stating concerns around ‘’e-cigarettes’’ without making it clear that it is what is being vaped that is of concern.

Evidence is currently suggesting that this cluster of US illnesses have been caused by the use of black market cannabis products, not by vaping nicotine e-liquid. Learn more...

Public Health England, 28 December 2018 demonstrates the difference between vaping and smoking

In this short, two and half minute video, leading smoking researcher Dr Lion Shahab and Dr Rosemary Leonard conduct a demonstration to show the impact of smoking verus vaping over a one month period...

This Society explores the psychology of smoking, the behaviours and sensations, which can contribute to the addiction, such as holding a cigarette, feeling the smoke in the mouth, throat hit, even the use of a smoking to facilitate social interaction. These factors and the speed of nicotine delivery through electronic cigarettes help simulate the same experiences smokers crave with smoking, which may support increased success rate in quit attempts.
Friday 28th July 2017 (Reuters), the U.S. government announced it proposal to cut nicotine in cigarettes to "non-addictive" levels. This major regulatory change is aimed at moving smokers toward less harmful e-cigarettes and to render tobacco cigarettes minimally addictive.
Department of Health England announced on the 18th of July 2017 their plan to reduce smoking in England, with the specific aim of creating a smoke free generation by the end of 2022. Vaping features as one of the aids to help reach this goal as a means to help smokers kick the habit. Over 200 people die each day in the UK from a smoking related illness... read the full article

Great news, the Australian Parliament’s Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee has commenced an Inquiry into the Use of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporisers in Australia.

The committee, will investigate the health impacts of e-cigarettes and personal vaporisers, it will also investigate the marketing and use of e-cigarettes for use as an aid to help smokers quite their smoking habit. 

Read how you can put forward your vaping story to help change public health to benefit all fellow vapers