@SimonChapman6 and @AlexWodak were interviewed on #vaping on @abcadelaide this afternoon

Certain misinformation provided during the interview needs to be corrected

'The 95% safer figure is a factoid based on opinion'

WRONG. This is based on comprehensive reviews by @RCPLondon and @PHE_uk. It is consistent with the substantial reduction in toxins, the reduced biomarkers and improved health in smokers who switch
'Long-term risk. It took 40 years to find out the effects of smoking'

Science has come a long way since then. Smoke contains >7000 chemicals, vapour <300. Chemicals in vapour are mostly <1% concentration in smoke. @RCPLondon says the long-term risk is <5% risk of smoking.
'We are waiting to be sure they are effective'

Not only is vaping the most popular quitting aid it is also the most effective. Vaping is more effective than #NRT and has accelerated the decline in smoking rates in the UK and US
'It will be easy to get nicotine under the new regulations'

NO, It will be very difficult. Doctors must

▪️apply for approval to prescribe nicotine
▪️engage an import company to import it
▪️company sells to doctor
▪️doctor sells to patient Image

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Sep 23, 2021
WARNING. AUSTRALIAN nicotine is extremely toxic!

According to @TGAgovau's latest advice

'Nicotine is a poisonous substance'
'There are significant health risks associated with nicotine use

We should get the safe nicotine that other countries use...

UK Royal College of Physicians

‘Use of nicotine alone, in the doses used by smokers, represents little if any hazard to the user’

UK Royal Society for Public Health

‘Tobacco contains nicotine along with many other chemicals, but nicotine by itself is fairly harmless.’

Read 6 tweets
Jun 15, 2021
Appalling journalism @dailytelegraph

'Vape Craze, A Real Drag' 11 June 2021

Gross misinformation from 2 anti-vaping activists. No pro-vaping expert consulted to challenge or correct

No response to my letter to editor to fix it, so here are my corrections

Pls share

1/ 'Switching has not been shown to reduce proven health harms’

NASEM 18-2: 'There is substantial evidence that completely switching from ... cigarettes to #ecigs results in reduced short-term adverse health outcomes in several organ systems'
Read 7 tweets
Jun 12, 2021
Good to see some balance in this article with some commonsense from @AlexWodak

However still some serious misinformation
FYI @janehansen2000
1. #vaping is not a Big Tobacco plot

-BT did not invent vaping
-Vapes are a direct competitor to cigarettes and are a huge disruptive threat to the industry
-BT is mostly focussed on #HTPs
-If BT switches from #cigs to #ecigs, that is good for public health. vaping is 95% safer
2. Popcorn lung has been long discredited

There has never been a single case of 'popcorn lung' from vaping or smoking, and diacetyl levels are hundreds of times higher in smoke than vapour

@CRUKLondon laid this to rest years ago
Read 9 tweets
Sep 24, 2020
1/There is so much wrong with this article

▪️Only anti-vaping views quoted
▪️Extensive misinformation not challenged
▪️No alternative views offered

Can I have a right of reply @Dana_Adele

2/ nicotine is highly addictive

The addictiveness of nicotine depends on how it is delivered. Smoking is highly addictive due to rapid nicotine delivery and other chemicals in smoke. Vaping is significantly less addictive than smoking
3/ doctors should be focused on getting people off cigarettes and nicotine completely

Ideally yes. But many smokers can't quit nicotine and switching to a safer alternative is lifesaving. The focus of #THR is reducing disease, not ceasing nicotine

Read 14 tweets
Jul 27, 2020

@SarahWhisar from @quitvic says the claim that vaping is 95% safer than smoking is a guesstimate from a workshop

It is based on comprehensive, peer-reviewed reviews of the scientific evidence by @RCPLondon and @PHE_uk
2/4 "95% safer" is a realistic evidence-based estimate to guide the public on the relative risk of vaping compared to smoking

Research shows switching
▪️dramatically reduces toxins
▪️greatly reduces toxic biomarkers of exposure
▪️improves health

3/4 Why don't @quitvic and @CancerCouncilOz support vaping?

▪️Smoking is the largest risk factor for cancer
▪️Vaping is estimated to be <0.5% the cancer risk of smoking
▪️Most of the carcinogens in smoke are absent from vapour or in very small amounts

Read 4 tweets
Jun 29, 2020
1/ @SimonChapman6 was on @abccanberra this morning with @adammshirley creating fear and confusion about #vaping. Let me clarify a few points.

Starts 17m20s
2/ "We don’t know what the long-term consequences are going to be”

It is beyond reasonable doubt that #vaping will be far less risky than smoking. @RCPLondon estimates that the long-term risk is likely to be no more than 5% of the risk of smoking
3/ “Very easy to get nicotine for #vaping from the doctor”

Actually no. The process is
▪️Complex & time-consuming for GPs
▪️Delayed by @TGAgovau approval
▪️Importing by a 3rd party
▪️Import permit needed
▪️Much more costly

It will be easier to go next door and buy a cigarette!
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