News Updates: E-Cigarette Poll & Summit in the UK
Date Posted: November 13, 2013
BBC Polls Shoppers in London
Recently, BBC polled approximately 1000 random people in a London shopping center, asking their opinions on vaping in public and e-cigarettes in general. The results were impressive, concluding that the majority of participants were not opposed to the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.
The interviewer, Graham Satchell was joined by Katherine Devlin, an ecig advocate who said,
“It’s really important that electronic cigarettes are allowed to be used in public as widely as possible so that as many smokers as possible are aware that they have this option.”
One of the most promising, and surprising, results from the poll was that 75% of participants said “no” when asked if they would feel uncomfortable with someone enjoying an ecig near them or their families. Nice!
This poll is just one more example of empirical evidence supporting the hypothesis that ecigs are, in fact, a smarter and more appropriate alternative to traditional cigarettes.
You can find a short video of the poll here. While some shoppers were unsure of the gadgets being enjoyed in front of children, the majority were very open to the idea of ecigs, especially after speaking with Devlin while she vaped.
One shopper even seemed to have a change of heart during her interview. She began by saying “I think anything that facilitates addiction, including nicotine and caffeine – even though I drink coffee – is bad.” The woman then asked Miss Devlin how she feels now, and after hearing that Devlin feels better than she did when she smoked, the shopper said, “So I suppose that’s positive.”
Perhaps if more people are exposed to ecigs in a sensible way, allowing them to really understand the benefits, the public will be more apt to accept the gadgets.
E-Cigarette Summit, United Kingdom
Yesterday, the 12th of November, over 200 international health professionals, ecig stakeholders, scientists, policy makers and public health officials met to discuss the future of ecigs in the UK. Topics included health, efficacy and regulation.
According to the event’s website,
“The E-Cigarette Summit is designed to provide a balanced and neutral platform for health professionals, policy makers, scientists and e-cigarette stakeholders to explore the facts and myths surrounding e-cigarettes and to explore some of the current contentious issues that are dividing policy makers and health professionals alike.”
The chair of the event was Ann McNiell, a professor of tobacco addiction at the UK Centre for Tobacco Control and Alcohol Studies at King’s College London.
While we still don’t know the results of the E-Cigarette Summit, we do know what was discussed. The meeting focused on answering the following questions (taken from the event’s website):
“What is known about e-cigarettes and what are the drivers behind their rapid rise in popularity? How does use of e-cigarettes compare with existing NRT products? Will e-cigarettes “re-normalise” smoking and act as a gateway into tobacco use for a new generation? How safe are e-cigarettes and what evidence is available to support their efficacy? What will the impact of the EU Tobacco Directive be for current and future users? Will medical regulation deliver a safer and more effective product? What are the concerns that medical regulation will address in e-cigarette usage, marketing and availability? What are the potential consequences if e-cigarettes remain a consumer product?”
We’re looking forward to hearing about the conclusion of the Summit. If you want more detailed information about what was discussed, you can download the speakers’ presentations here. The presentations are quite interesting and informative.
There’s been a lot of news recently, so check back on Friday for more stories, including new legislation in Florida and SFATA’s Fly-In in Washington DC.