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UEA Norwich Study Suggests NHS Should Partner With Vape Shops

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A report from MedicalXpress.com sheds light on a recent study from the University of East Anglia Norwich which finds that brick and mortar vape shops provide valuable behavioral and social support for vapers’ smoking cessation efforts. Citing the number of vape shops across the U.K. and their popularity among British vapers, researchers studied the brick-and-mortar vape shop environment. Their findings have prompted them to urge the NHS to partner with reputable vape shops to boost efforts to convert British smokers into vapers.

Dr. Emma Ward, lead researcher on the study from UEA Norwich Medical School, demonstrated the markedly pro- harm reduction stance of the British health community, saying,

“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.”

When it comes to the benefits of brick and mortar shops in behavioral and social support, Dr. Ward said,

“We found that vape shops provided effective behavioural support to help quitters stay smoke free. Shop assistants were really keen to understand customers’ smoking preferences and give tailored advice about the most appropriate products. And they were an ongoing point of contact for practical help.

“An unsatisfying vaping set-up, device malfunction, or a lack of access to vape supplies can trigger a smoking relapse. But support from vape shops can help sustain smoking abstinence. We found that shop assistants trouble shoot with customers if they had relapsed and try and find a solution, such as fixing their device or upping their nicotine strength.”

The study goes on to suggest that while it’s important for NHS to promote an introduction to vaping for smokers, it’s equally important for the health body to work with vape shops, because knowledgeable staff at retail locations can provide experienced guidance that will empower new vapers to find the best combination of hardware and e-liquid individually tailored to their needs and, thus, prevent relapse into smoking.

 

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ACS: Some docs should encourage vaping

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The American Cancer Society has published a new Position Statement which acknowledges that vaping is a viable tobacco harm reduction strategy. It also lays out the scientific evidence for the new position, as well as policy priorities based on the new data.

While the ACS maintains that it still lacks the scientific evidence to decide on policies with regard to the long-term effects of vaping, it will now be monitoring emerging data toward that end.

With regard to current clinical recommendations, the Position Statement reads, in part:

“The ACS has always supported any smoker who is considering quitting, no matter what approach they use… Some smokers, despite firm clinician advice, will not attempt to quit smoking cigarettes and will not use FDA approved cessation mediations. These individuals should be encouraged to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product possible; switching to the exclusive use of e-cigarettes is preferable to continuing to smoke combustible products.”

With regard to policy, ACS defers to the FDA but appears to urge the FDA to regulate vaping to the full extent of its authority to do so, while also suggesting post-market monitoring of vaping products to determine their safety and effectiveness. To wit:

“Any related regulatory regime should include post-marketing surveillance to monitor the long-term effects of these products and ensure the FDA’s actions have the intended health outcome of significantly reducing disease and death.”

This marks a significant shift from the American Cancer Society’s previous position, and Vape News will be monitoring the scientific and regulatory landscape for any further developments.

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Study Finds No Health Risks Of Long Term Vaping

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Regulator Watch has published their findings in a 3.5 year study into the adverse health risks of vaping. Regulator Watch used a study sample of 9 vapers who had never smoked traditional cigarettes against a control group of non-vapers who had also never smoked traditional cigarettes.

Participants received medical monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, lung function, respiratory symptoms, and other health metrics. According to the study, after 3.5 years of vaping, participants showed no detectable adverse health outcomes compared to members of the non-vaping control group.

The study concluded that although adverse health outcomes cannot be ruled out over longer use periods, no respiratory pathology of any kind was detected within the study’s time frame.

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NH Tobacco 21 Bill Stalls

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Seacoast Online reports that legislation intended to raise the legal purchase age for tobacco products to 21 years old has been tabled in the New Hampshire senate.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, cited support from Dover Youth to Youth, a youth empowerment program dedicated to substance abuse prevention. “Youth to Youth made a huge impression up here on the committee members and the fellow senators,” according to Watters.

Nevertheless, the bill was ultimately and overwhelmingly tabled for the time being.

Youth to Youth student member Hannah Martuscello made the following statement prior to her testimony in favor of the bill:

“The majority of younger teens in high school who do get cigarettes from older kids get them from the 18-year-olds that are seniors that can buy tobacco products for them. By eliminating that age group of kids in high school that can actually legally purchase them, you really eliminate a lot of the younger kids who can’t purchase them.”

According to Watters:

“Within a year all the states around us will be tobacco 21 states. We’re going to pass this.”

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