“We fully support Public Health England’s position that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. Smoking causes more than 200 premature deaths in England every single day, and vaping has been proven to make it more likely that people will make that potentially life-changing switch away from cigarettes.
“The UK vaping industry takes youth access prevention extremely seriously. Fortunately, we do not have the issues in this country which we see in others, such as the United States. Action of Smoking and Health found that the proportion of young people who have never smoked who vape at least weekly is very low (0.2% of 11-18 year olds in 2018).
“We are aware of a recently reported illness in Nottingham. In this case, both the British Lung Foundation and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies believe an allergic reaction may have been to blame. Thankfully, cases such as this are very rare.
“In the last week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) linked recent health issues in the US to vitamin E acetate. Products containing this ingredient, such as illicit THC liquids, are illegal under the UK’s stringent safety regulations. We encourage consumers to always use reputable retailers when purchasing their products.
“Vaping remains a transformative, harm-reduction tool for the UK’s 7+ million smokers.”