Every Friday, we look at what’s new across this global industry and what we’ve learned in the past week.
1. Some couples in England are not receiving IVF treatment because they vape. This week results from a Daily Mail survey showed 16 NHS authorities in England are refusing to fund IVF treatment for e-cigarette users. Of the 117 clinics that responded to the survey, 101 said they do not enforce restrictions when it comes to e-cigarettes, while some said they may change policies in the future. The results come just days after Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advised general practitioners to inform patients looking to quit that vaping is less harmful than smoking. Click here to read more.
2. More research is needed to determine whether regular use of e-cigarettes aids or hinders smoking cessation, according to The Pharmaceutical Journal. Researchers carried out a data analysis of a large randomised controlled trial involving 1,357 hospitalised cigarette smokers who planned to quit smoking. A comparison was made between post-discharge smoking cessation intervention and standard care. The research shows 28 percent of participants wanting to quit who were advised to use smoking cessation treatment reported using an e-cigarette in the three months after being discharged. Smokers who used an e-cigarette were less likely to be abstinent after six months than smokers who did not. The authors behind the study said it might still be possible that e-cigarettes can promote smoking cessation if used as a complete replacement for cigarettes.
3. Doctors should inform patients of less harmful e-cigarettes, according to new guidelines published by Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). These updated guidelines for health practitioners and smoking cessation services advise prioritising groups who are at the highest risk of harm from smoking. This includes women who are pregnant and people with mental health problems. It’s also advised that smokers should be asked about their habit every time they are seen by a health or social care worker. Click here to read more.
4. Vaping goes Vogue. The magazine institution that is Vogue published an article this week saying that health concerns on vaping are growing. While the journalist heaps praise on the Stanford design students behind the Juul device, saying, “it’s sleek, techie, tidy and can be discreetly used in places where smoking is banned,” she cites the argument of many parents who think e-cigarettes could “hook a new generation on nicotine,” in a gateway effect. Overall, the article sits on the fence of e-cigarettes are better than conventional cigarettes, but are they good for you? Click here to read Julia Felsenthal in full.
5. Saturday is World Health Day. The World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates 70 years this year and for World Health Day 2018, the message is all about universal health coverage. This year’s campaign is about ensuring everyone can have access to quality health services where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. Access to affordable smoking cessation aids undoubtedly plays a part in this aim, given the stance WHO has taken on tobacco. You can read all about World Health Day 2018 here.
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