MPs Rally To Release ‘State of the Vaping Nation’ Report
In a bid to fight vaping misinformation and mixed messages, a cross-party group of MPs and Lords have united to release the report ‘State of a Vaping Nation’, which was presented at a reception in the Houses of Parliament. The group, named the All-Party Parliamentary Group for e-cigarettes, is aiming to increase knowledge and understanding of vaping among other politicians and lawmakers as well as determining the right way to regulate e-cigs. The report is available online. State of the Vaping Nation is the first work produced by the group and pointed to major health groups such as Public Health England and Cancer Research UK that are arguing that e-cigs are healther than regular cigarettes. Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, Chairman of the APPG, said: “The positive public health message regarding vaping has up to now been failing to get across to the UK’s remaining 7.6 million smokers. The Public Health England campaign was a welcome change and has had an obvious effect, but it needs to be sustained, not just a one off.“ “That’s why today we are calling upon the government to ensure such campaigns become the norm, not an exception, so that the UK can fully exploit the public health potential of vaping. Without these campaigns the current mixed messages surrounding vaping will continue and create a confusing picture.” Despite a lot of claims that e-cigarettes are healthier than regular cigarettes and a US report that local e-cig bans stop smokers from quitting, the Freedom to Vape Campaign found that local UK Governments have imposed 126 e-cig bans on vapers, forcing e-cig users to use their devices alongside cigarette smokers.