Dear Vape Shop Customer,
You may have become concerned about some of the recent news headlines related to vaping. These reports have only been about incidents that have occurred in the USA, and are completely unrelated to the supply and use of lawfully produced nicotine containing e-liquids and e-cigarette products in the UK.
What is in the products that is causing serious health concerns in the USA?
This is still not yet fully clear. What is clear is that the vast majority of cases have been directly linked to the consumption of illegal drugs using a vaping device.
Why are the media getting the reporting of this so wrong?
In some cases, it may be a simple case of bias against e-cigarettes and vaping. However, we believe that many journalists have been seriously and irresponsibly misled.
What do Public Health England say?
Public Health England have reaffirmed that their position and advice on vaping has not changed:
“In light of the current wave of anti-vaping hysteria coming from the US, vapers and smokers here should be aware that the position of Public Health England has not shifted. Our advice on e-cigarettes remains unchanged – vaping isn’t completely risk free but is far less harmful than smoking tobacco. There is no situation where it would be better for your health to continue smoking rather than switching completely to vaping.
All UK e-cigarette products are tightly regulated for quality and safety by MHRA. 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. Smoking kills thousands every year and creating a smokefree generation is one of our top priorities. Vaping is a fraction of the risk of smoking and makes it much more likely you’ll quit successfully than relying on willpower alone. The sooner you stop smoking completely the better.”
You have been handed this letter because you asked your vaping products provider about media stories around harm caused by vaping illegal drugs in the USA. Please feel reassured that not only have you made the right choice in considering products that are known to be a lot safer than smoking, but that you have chosen to shop with an IBVTA member. This means you are also shopping in one of the very best, a shop that is committed to doing things right.
Chief Executive Officer
29th October 2019
Independent British Vape Trade Association