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Charity Undertaking Long-Term Electronic Cigarette Research

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Charity Undertaking Long-Term Electronic Cigarette Research

For a long time now, we have been seeing anti-electronic cigarette articles and debates emerge that use either out-dated or skewed research and information. Caveats regarding the supposedly dangerous levels of antifreeze ingredients found in e-liquids and ‘cancer-causing toxins’ emitted in electronic cigarettes have long been used in misinformed diatribes to paint vaping in a negative light.

Therefore, the news that Cancer Research UK is funding University College, London to carry out long-term research into electronic cigarettes and their effects is more than welcome. The charity is hoping to produce results that will be respected and referred to consistently by authorities considering regulating electronic cigarettes and their use.

The research proposal states: “In light of forthcoming NICE guidance on harm reduction and likely MHRA regulation on e-cigarettes, knowledge in this area and further data are urgently needed to inform policy makers from both the UK and elsewhere in the world about the suitability of this approach by providing estimates of the likely impact of long-term use on health outcomes and safety.

“Findings will be disseminated through research papers and conference presentations and through close links of study collaborators with the Department of Health, NICE, MHRA and other national as well as international organisations fed back to inform policy and implementation of guidelines.”

Hopefully, this research will also mean that ‘lack of long-term evidence’ will no longer be an excuse for regulators to simply group electronic cigarettes in with tobacco products.

The funding of this research continues until the end of May and the results should be published thereafter. Hopefully, these results will help the authorities make consistent, considered decisions regarding electronic cigarettes based on evidence rather than scaremongering and industry pressure.

Cancer Research UK has also commissioned a report about the marketing of electronic cigarettes.

18th February 2014, 12:55