In the now (almost) immortal words of Professor Gerry Stimson, 'vapers and vape shops are the new front line in smoking cessation services'. Typically this is an informal process with vape shops doing their best to help their customers to understand the products and how to use them, and vapers talking to their smoking relatives, friends and colleagues about their transition from smoking to vaping. Any vaper will tell you that there is a lot of interest among smokers about the devices and techniques involved, but also simply in 'how you managed to do it' and 'what it was like'.
In his recent paper published in the journal 'Addiction' Robert West and colleagues tried to count the number of additional people who successfully quit smoking in 2014 and would not have done so if ecigs didn't exist.You can read the paper here. The conclusions drawn in this analysis have prompted a great deal of debate.
In a report covered by PGVG magazine it was revealed that in Belgium a drug administered to patients with pulmonary fibrosis in order to stabilise the condition will no longer be reimbursed* by INAMI (the Belgian statutory national medical insurance association) to those who have smoked in the last 6 months.
NNA calls for consumer input to MHRA on ecigs:
The UK Department of Health has today released its consultation on the implementation of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The consultation is open to all, so please do respond - the consultation documents can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-regulations-on-the-sale-and-manufacture-of-tobacco-products
Recently Dr Chris Russell, Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for Drug Misuse Research, requested assistance from vapers in completing a survey on perceptions and experiences of using electronic cigarettes. The survey produced a somewhat mixed response! Sarah Jakes spoke to Chris last week to learn more.
It's been a busy year for NNA already - in addition to finally receiving charitable status after a year of trying we have been quite literally all over the place trying to spread the message about tobacco harm reduction and in particular vaping as a harm reduction strategy. Here is a brief round up of the year so far, and what we have coming up:
Here at NNA we we are very lucky to have an incredible group of associates who never cease to amaze us with the things they do in their own spheres to reduce the harms of smoking. This week a major talking point both here and in social media were the guidelines brought out last year by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) and recently promoted, which in short, has recommended that smoking cessation services offer the following advice to people keen to try e-cigarettes, and also those who have tried other methods and failed:
We asked Dave Dorn, NNA associate, VTTV team member and vaper extraordinaire to give his views on vaping and consumer advocacy. As always we were very far from disappointed!
Following NNA's response to their recent consultation on 'Electronic Cigarettes and Strengthening Tobacco Control in Scotland ' we were asked by the Scottish Government research group to provide more information on the issue of bans on use in enclosed public spaces.
Following the publication in the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ) of the latest study on Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes there has been a slew of criticism of the methodology of the study, which calls into question the both the competency of the researchers and the ethics (or lack of) behind it's publication.
NNA is proud to support a new initiative from Spain, which aims to gain support from medical professionals for the use of e-cigarettes as a reduced harm alternative to smoking. Here, Carmen Escrig of EFVI Spain tells us more about the MOVE campaign and how it came about.
When I was a student, I joined an anarchist group. I enjoyed the beer-drinking, the producing, on an old Roneo printer, of smudgy political flyers, the screenprinting of posters that we’d go out and fly-post after dark (taking care not to get caught with wallpaper paste all over our hands). Part of me thought privately that if any of the group found a burglar had trashed their home, they wouldn’t hesitate to call the maligned police, but I did unswervingly believe one principal tenet: that the end justified the means.
Older and more respectable now, I manage a Stop Smoking Service for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. In early 2013, we started to realise that the numbers of people using our service were falling sharply, despite years of success in delivering an excellent model for helping long-term smokers kick the habit. The phones stopped ringing, people did not turn up to appointments, and if they did start treatment, they would more often than not drop out of it early.
Let us start by getting any conflicts of interest out of the way.
I am Simon Thurlow. I am an Information Security Professional. That means I spend most of my working days travelling around the UK and Europe designing or proposing Information Security solutions for clients of the IT company that I work for. I am married with 3 grown-up children (23, 22 and 18). I smoked for over 30 years. A few years ago I had a Myocardial Infarction (that almost succeeded in killing me) and was told that my smoking habit was to blame. I discovered eCigarettes as a way of quitting smoking.
Changes to the rules on the advertising of e-cigarettes on TV meant a busy day for NNA's Lorien Jollye on Monday..
NNA Associate and Leicestershire Stop Smoking Services manager Louise Ross was asked to address pharmacists at the conference on Saturday on the subject of e-cigarettes. Louise was joined on the platform by vapers, who were able to share their personal experiences with delegates. Read on for Louise's account of the event, and for some wonderful news about the first quarter success rate of her ecig friendly service.
When Kent & Medway PCT asked for input from a vaper for their conference on smoking cessation within mental health facilities NNA trustee Sarah Jakes was only too happy to oblige. Here are Sarah's impressions of the day.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), in conjunction with the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), held a symposium on ecigs. They only invited speakers who were hostile to harm reduction for smokers, as Sarah Jakes reports.