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Saturday, 6 July 2013

Information for Kate Shepherd, Bury Stop Smoking Service Manager from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust,

Dear Ms Shepherd,
I was distressed to read a quote from you in an article in the newspaper - This is Lancashire.
You were quoted as saying “The vapours from electronic cigarettes are not pure nicotine, but a complex mixture of chemicals and it is unknown whether this mixture is safe. There is no evidence that electronic cigarettes are effective as treatment for nicotine addiction.”
But this is simply not true. For proper information about vaping as using electronic cigarettes is called, there are many proper scientific tests, trials and information now about them. They are such an important, successful and popular advance in the battle against smoking, that they cannot be dismissed in people's minds by an inaccurate quote from any leader in smoking cessation in our country like you.

There are 1.3 million people who vape in the UK. Many of those do not smoke any more. Electronic Cigarettes would be a wonderful tool for your stop smoking drive.By making comments in the press as you have, from a place of ignorance, you could be killing people.

If you want to do your homework, here are some people who might be of use to you - contact details for - Professor John Britten,The University of Nottingham

Professor John Britten on Vaping.

Prof. Etter (France) about e-cigs

Yours sincerely,
Liz Hilton

PS - here follows a huge amount of information from last year should you be interested...

Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos, author of a study on the effects of e-cigs on the heart, talks to Paul Bergen about e-cigarettes, his study and tobacco harm reduction.
Professor Carl Phillips: Carl is an associate professor at the University of Alberta and also runs the project. He is also an award-winning researcher in epidemiology methods.
Professor Michael Siegel: Michael, originally a doctor specialising in preventative medicine, is now a professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, Boston University School of Public Health. He has over 20 years of experience in tobacco control, primarily in the field of tobacco control, and has testified in numerous cases against tobacco companies.
Professor Ricarddo Polosa: MD, PhD, Director of the Institute for Internal Medicine and Clinical Immunology of the University of Catania, discusses his research into the electronic cigarette.
Dr Adrian Payne: Dr Adrian Payne is the Managing Director of Tobacco Horizons, a Tobacco Harm Reduction Consulting Agency. During a post-doctoral career spanning more than thirty years, he has worked for both tobacco and pharmecutical companies, often in the field of Tobacco Harm Reduction.
Dr Joel Nitzkin: Dr Joel Nitkin is Chair of the Tobacco Control Task Force for the American Association of Public Health Physicians.
David Sweanor: David Sweanor has worked with numerous companies and organisations, including the International Union Against Cancer, World Health Organization, World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization, on the issue of tobacco harm reduction. He has received both international recognition and prestigious prizes for his work.
Scott Ballin: SCOTT D. BALLIN is a tobacco and health policy consultant in Washington, DC and has spent more than 30 years involved in issues related to tobacco and health. Read more: interviews/scott-ballin-bio.html#ixzz1TyFKbSBG
Dr Murray Laugesen: Dr Murray Laugesen is New Zealand’s most experienced researcher on smoking policy and cigarettes. He founded Health New Zealand Ltd as his research and consultancy company in 1995, after 18 years as principal medical officer in the Department, (now Ministry) of Health, and Public Health Commission. Since 1995, Dr Laugesen focused first on policy and policy advocacy (see ) and then research. He is also one of the few to have carried out research into the electronic cigarette.
Paul Bergen: Paul Bergen, M.Sc., M.L.I.S. is a research associate at the Public Health Sciences at the University of Alberta. Paul is an enthusiastic supporter of tobacco harm reduction and is heavily involved in the Tobacco Harm Reduction Project.

Interview with Users and Activists
Saving British Pubs - with E-Cigarettes: Russell Ord of CAM VIP tells us of a campaign to rescue the UK's remaining pubs.
Kate of Vaper's Network: Kate tells us how she got into vaping and what difference it made to her.
National Vaper's Club Interview: From switching to e-cigarettes to dealing with the FDA, Spike Babaian shares her experiences as an e-cigarette user and as President of the National Vapers' Club.
Escaping the VAT Rise: An interview with Jackie from UK Vapers.
Vapefest: An interview with Fiona Doathwaite.
ECITA Interview: Paul Bergen interview Katherine Devlin from the UK Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association.