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Amidst the hysteria about #vaping some key points to remember. #publuchealth 1. The American deaths and hospitalisations are due to people vaping oil in illicit products. Thenoul causes lipoid pneumonia, not vaping by itself....1/.
2. We haven’t seen the same phenomenon in the U.K. .../2
3. The regulation of product in EU and buying from reputable suppliers not street dealers is a key way of ensuring you get good product not illicit product adulterated with oil...3
4. The @PHE_uk guidance is not the only guidance on #vaping - @NCSCT and RCP have also produced guidelines. All of these remain scientifically intact and not undermined by illicit products containing oil...4
5. The key thing here is OIL - regulates vapes from reputable suppliers do not contain oil because inhaling oil can cause pneumonia. Regulation and product quality not banning is the answer...5
6. In any market you get licit and illicit products. People die from or are harmed by illicit alcohol every year. But we won’t ban alcohol. So why take such an inconsistent “moral panic” approach to vaping which experience shows is doomed to fail anyway 6
7. Condoms used with the wrong lubricant break and disintegrate but we don’t ban condoms. We recognise they need to be used properly. So again, why the inconsistent moral panic on #vaping? 7
8. Tragic though the current deaths in US may be, they don’t undermine the sense or numbers of helping people quit tobacco and save lives through #vaping . We keep on watching the science and regulate so good products are available people can trust.8
9. So vaping isn’t 100% safe. Neither is walking across road. Let’s stay calm, read the science, be vigilant and work to prevent oil contaminated products being vaped in U.K. Now cut the hysteria. Frightening smokers so they stay smokers is immoral & deadly. #PublicHealth Ends.
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