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What a year!

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The UKVIA has published its first annual report 12 months after its inception. The report covers a year of significant development for the Association, its members and the industry from the EU Tobacco Products Regulations to the launch of Public Health England’s (PHE) advertising campaign to encourage people to use vape products in order to quit smoking. The annual report covers key stakeholder engagement activities that the UKVIA has been…

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UKVIA statement – Public Health England endorse vaping products for Stoptober

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Public Health England today announced that they will be endorsing vaping products in their Stoptober campaigns for the first time. Professor John Newton, director of health improvement at PHE, said “the evidence is clear – vaping is much less harmful than smoking – a fraction of the risk. So if you’ve struggled with quitting before, an e-cigarette may be the best option for you.” Please read our full statement welcoming this…

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‘Warning on passive vaping bars’ – UKVIA Statement

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Yesterday the UKVIA were approached to comment on a study conducted by the University of Berkeley into the potential toxicants found in e-cigarette vapour, which was then published in the Daily Mail.  Our comment featured in the article was this: However, our full statement on the study is as follows: “This paper presents an interesting modelling methodology for estimating exposure to chemicals and vapour, that certainly warrants further investigation. “However,…

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UK Government publishes its Tobacco Control Plan – UKVIA Comment

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  Today the Government published its long awaited Tobacco Control Plan.  Contained within the plan, with its ambition to create a ‘smoke free future’, were specific implications for the vaping industry. Our reaction to the plan was as follows. Doug Mutter, a board member of the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) and head of manufacturing & compliance at Vaporized, welcomed the Tobacco Control Plan; “The Government’s Tobacco Control Plan has been…

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Large national survey finds 2.9 million people now vape in Britain: For the first time over half don’t smoke – UKVIA Comment

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We are delighted that ASH and YouGov have confirmed that the British people are voting with their feet and switching from smoking to significantly less harmful vaping products. Public Health England is clear that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking. If we can now convince the UK’s nine million remaining smokers to switch to vaping, this will produce huge benefits for our nation’s health and the NHS’…

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UKVIA submission to the Industrial Strategy consultation

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In April, we made our submission to the Government’s Industrial Strategy consultation. The UKVIA welcomes the Government’s consultation on its emerging Industrial Strategy and we stand ready to support BEIS, DoH, HM Treasury and all other relevant Government organisations to ensure that the Government understands and supports the great potential that the vaping industry offers to become a 21st century UK success story. In particular UKVIA welcomes the Industrial Strategy’s focus…

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E-cigarettes ‘DON’T cause cancer’ – UKVIA Comment

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New research conducted by BAT has gained some traction in the media over the weekend, most notably in the Daily Mail and The Sun newspapers. The research found that vaping did not promote the development of diseased cells, therefore meaning that it did not promote cancer activity in the body. We welcome this research and hope that it will help combat some of the ‘junk science’ which we see all…

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UKVIA Statement on the Royal Society for Public Health’s report

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It is disappointing that the media today have focused on the ill devised ‘undercover investigation’ of vape shops in the Royal Society for Public Heath’s (RSPH) report on smoking cessation and e-cigarettes. The results, according to the RSPH, were that 90 per cent of vape shops visited sold a vape product to the undercover ‘non-smoker.’ We want to make it absolutely clear that there is no national guidance or law…

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Results of the EU’s public consultation on adding excise duties to vaping products

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Today the EU published the results to it’s consultation on applying excise duties to ‘manufactured tobacco’, including e-cigarettes. The results of the consultation were decisive. Of the 7500 respondents, when asked if electronic cigarettes and refill containers should be subject to excise duties, nearly 90% said no. We hope that the Commission will take the clear results of this consultation into account and discard the idea of adding excise duties…

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On No Smoking Day the Chancellor must recognise a public health revolution that has already delivered a £96bn saving

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With National No Smoking Day coinciding with Budget Day, the Chancellor is urged to recognise the role of vaping in improving public health and saving billions of pounds for the NHS. The Chancellor will deliver his first budget on 8 March which is also National No Smoking Day, a day of public health campaigning designed to spur smokers into action to stop or reduce their smoking. We know that the…

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