Victoria Coren Mitchell ignores the science behind vaping in her Observer column

After reading Victoria Coren Mitchell's column in yesterday's Observer, I can see that she doesn't have a clue what she is talking about when it comes to vaping. She has her own prejudices and has either not bothered reading about the science behind vaping, or has decided to ignore it. She didn't take long to get revved up: "In my opinion, it’s appalling that a state-funded, state-sanctioned public health body should recommend vapes to people who want to stop smoking. E-snout would probably be available on the NHS already, were it not for the fact that medical licensing requires them actually to justify health claims made on their behalf..." Continue reading

More PHE support for vaping, but e-cigarettes should not be available on the NHS

It is very good news that Public Health England (PHE) is being more supportive of vaping. Very good news indeed. It wants hospitals to be able to sell e-cigarettes and also it encourages hospitals to introduce vaping areas, even in private rooms for patients who are in hospital for a long time.  But the call for an easier route for manufacturers to get a medicinal licence is unnecessary.   Continue reading

Let’s stop widespread plastic waste in March 2019

Yesterday, Theresa May pledged to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. It is a worthy goal, and will be popular since nobody really likes waste, especially if it is entirely unnecessary. And at Freedom to Vape, we have a great suggestion for Mrs May as to how she can save a massive amount of plastic waste in one fell swoop. One of the aims of Freedom to Vape is to lobby the government for removal of pointless regulations on vaping imposed by the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), one of which is limiting e-liquid bottle sizes to 10ml for no discernible reason. Continue reading

Public Health England once again backs e-cigarettes

Public Health England (PHE) backed e-cigarettes as a quit aid during its 'Stoptober' campaign last year. It teamed up with the independent British Vape trade Association (IBVTA) during that campaign.  The Vaping Post reports that PHE has once again teamed up with the IBVTA this month as it launches another campaign. Here's an extract: Continue reading

Evidence from Freedom to Vape published by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Earlier this month, on behalf of the Freedom to Vape campaign, I submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee as part of the committee's investigation into e-cigarettes.  The evidence has been published and can be read here.  Continue reading