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UKVIA response to vaping deaths report

Please find here the statement that we have put out in response to the new reports about vaping deaths in the US over the weekend (we have previously commented on earlier reports). John Dunne was also on BBC News discussing the story on Saturday and LBC this morning.

We have tweeted the statement and uploaded it to the website, so if you could all please share our tweets and our statements across your social media channels that would be greatly appreciated. We are keen to ensure that consumers are not put off by these stories so it’s important for us to circulate our response as widely as possible.

For those who may need to reassure customers you might find the following points useful:

Public Health England have also made it clear that the situation in the US is very different to the UK and remain confident that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. Their statement is:

“A full investigation is not yet available but we’ve heard reports that most of these cases were linked to people using illicit vaping fluid bought on the streets or homemade, some containing cannabis products, like THC, or synthetic cannabinoids, like Spice. Unlike the US, all e-cigarette products in the UK are tightly regulated for quality and safety by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and they operate the Yellow Card Scheme, encouraging vapers to report any bad experiences.

Our advice remains that e-cigarettes are a fraction of the risk of smoking, and using one makes it much more likely you’ll quit successfully than relying on willpower alone. But it’s important to use UK-regulated e-liquids and never risk vaping home-made or illicit e-liquids or adding substances, any of which could be harmful.”

Further to this, we have written to All Party Parliamentary Group for Vaping members and other supportive MPs to reassure them and ensure that we keep them engaged with the UKVIA. We have already had responses from a number of MPs, thanking us for the information.

We are also are touching base with MHRA to ensure that there has been no similar reports in the UK.

Published on: 13 Sep 2019 @ 07:33