How safe is vaping? Clearing up the myths.

How safe is vaping? Clearing up the myths.

'You don't know what's in them vapes' or 'They are worse than cigarettes' are some of the most commonly said things when it comes to vaping, we're here to put the record straight. We know exactly what's in vape liquid, and that they are at least 95% safer than cigarettes. 

Unfortunately the Irish government does not provide any basis on how to effectively quit with vaping, instead referring to methods such as nicotine patches, even though vaping is twice as effective as quitting tool than nicotine patches.

We plead to the Irish government to follow the advice of Public Health England & the NHS in the UK, as the results from promoting the effectiveness of vaping has led to a huge reduction in adult smokers in the UK.

The following are all fact based evidence published by Public Health England.

MYTH 1  - E-cigarettes aren’t regulated and we don’t know what’s in them

Ireland has some of the strictest regulation for e-cigarettes in the world.  Under the TPD Regulations, e-cigarette products are subject to minimum standards of quality and safety, as well as packaging and labelling requirements to provide consumers with the information they need to make informed choices.

All products must be notified by manufacturers to the HSE - TPD Department, with detailed information including the listing of all ingredients.

MYTH 2 - E-cigarettes must be harmful as they contain nicotine

Four out of 10 smokers and ex-smokers in the UK wrongly think nicotine causes most of the tobacco smoking-related cancer, when evidence shows nicotine actually carries minimal risk of harm to health. Although nicotine is the reason people become addicted to smoking, it is the thousands of other chemicals contained in cigarette smoke that causes almost all of the harm.

E-cigarette vapour does not contain tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke.  It does contain some chemicals also found in tobacco smoke, but at much lower levels.

Myth 3 - E-cigarettes don't help you quit smoking

Separate from the PHE review, a major UK NIHR funded clinical trial was published in February 2019. Involving nearly 900 participants, it found that in Local Stop Smoking Services, a standard e-cigarette was twice as effective at helping smokers to quit compared with the quitters’ choice of combination nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Both groups were provided with behavioural support and those in the e-cigarette group had significantly faster reductions in cough and phlegm.

In summary, e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes are not the same and shouldn’t be treated as such. It’s important that Ireland's smokers are aware of the differences and have accurate information to inform their health decisions.

E-cigarettes aren’t completely risk free but carry a fraction of the risk of smoking and are helping thousands of smokers to quit and stay smokefree.