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BMA Says No Passive Effects from Vaping!

BMA Says No Passive Effects from Vaping!

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The BMA  British medical association,

Have released a White paper updating there thoughts with regards vaping.

From what they are saying it looks things are starting to turn around with the BMA advising Doctors that they should be up to speed with the all the facts about e-cigarettes and ready to help people that want the quit smoking by informing them more about vaping.

The BMA agrees that they has been a huge reduction in the amount of young people taking up smoking and yes some of those people are taking up Vaping but it looks like from the BMA's reports that very few of the young people are staying with vaping. 

Here are a few points from the white paper. 

  • There is a lack of evidence that exposure to the constituents of e-cigarette vapour poses specific health risks to bystanders.
  • Smoking prevalence has declined throughout the UK in recent years, currently 15.8% of adults smoke, compared to 20.2% in 2011.4 There have also been significant declines in youth smoking rates, with recent data indicating that only 7% of 15 year olds in England smoke regularly (at least once a week), compared to 8% in 2014, and 20% in 2006.35
  • In response to the rapid emergence of e-cigarettes, coupled with the lack of knowledge about the risk of inhaling vapour, the BMA initially supported a precautionary approach of restricting their use in all enclosed public places and workplaces. This was established principally on the basis of concerns over the need to protect bystanders. Similar concerns have been expressed by the WHO, which has warned that exposure to e-cigarette vapour has the potential to lead to adverse health effects. They have suggested that second hand aerosol represents “…a new air contamination source for particulate matter…”,37 and highlighted the potential impact of this on those with underlying respiratory conditions such as asthma.37 Others have also highlighted that bystanders may be exposed to potentially harmful constituents of e-cigarette vapour, including flavourants, glycerine, propylene glycol and carbonyls (formaldehyde and acetaldehyde).50,51 Although research in this area remains limited, these concerns have not been supported by the evidence that has since emerged, which indicates that the level of exposure to the constituents of e-cigarette vapour for bystanders is extremely low, and does not pose specific health risks.
  • The RCP have, for example, called for the use of e-cigarettes, NRT and other non-tobacco nicotine products to be promoted “…as widely as possible, as a substitute for smoking…”.2 The RCGP have suggested that while more research is needed into the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes, the benefits “…in assisting cessation should not be deferred while waiting for the publication of this research.”36

Please feel free to go and download the White paper to read yourself from this link. 

BMA's White Paper

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