New vape crackdown would risk increasing tobacco harms
Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Times
James Forder writes in City AM
Christopher Snowdon appears on talkTV
“[Vaping is] at least 95 per cent less dangerous than cigarettes. The reason they compare them to cigarettes is that most people who use them are smokers or ex-smokers.
“They’re not recommended for children – their sale has been banned to children for the last eight years and I think enforcing that ban would be more sensible than starting to ban different categories of e-cigarettes.
“There have been concerns about the ‘gateway effect’, but they’ve really been shown to be unfounded. The smoking rate among kids is incredibly low – only one per cent of secondary school children are regular smokers and nine per cent regular vapers. Ten years ago, about 4 per cent were smokers.”
Watch Christopher’s full appearance here (2:36:13).