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Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witnesses ( 1 May 2024)

Professor McNeill: Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Ann McNeill. I am a professor of tobacco addiction at King’s College London. Sheila Duffy yesterday referred to me as just a psychologist. I wasn’t quite sure what she meant by that. Just for the record, my first degree was in psychology and zoology and my PhD was on dependence on smoking. That included biomarker research, which I...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witnesses ( 1 May 2024)

Professor Gilmore: We do work on unhealthy commodity industries, which include tobacco, alcohol, fossil fuels and ultra-processed foods. This is increasingly an issue, because what kills us, increasingly, are the products and practices of these corporations. The products of just those four industries account for at least a third of global deaths every year. Obviously, their aims are to...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witness ( 1 May 2024)

Mr Lawson: I am not sure we can ever prevent any youth getting access to vapes—that is an impossibility. Youth are known to engage in risky behaviours, so they will drink alcohol under age and engage in risk-taking behaviour. What we can do is limit the drivers that bring youth to using vape products, such as flavours that are appealing or cartoons they are familiar with. These are small...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witness ( 1 May 2024)

Dr Squire: Yes, I can. We have three very distinct roles connected with vaping products. The first is in connection with medical products, which we talked about earlier and I can explain a bit more. That is something that might be prescribed for someone to give up smoking. We have a very different role on consumer vapes—the sort of things that you will find in your local vape shop. For all...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witness ( 1 May 2024)

Mark Rowland: I was saying earlier on that this myth about smoking appeasing the symptoms of anxiety and stress does not come about by accident. It has been purported by the tobacco industry. The tobacco industry has deliberately commissioned research into the proposed impacts of smoking, looking for some sort of consequence for relieving long-term stress. You are absolutely right that it is...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witnesses ( 1 May 2024)

Professor Agrawal: My name is Sanjay Agrawal. I am the specialist adviser for the Royal College of Physicians. To give a bit of background, the RCP has produced reports over the past 60 years on a whole variety of facets of tobacco control. Most recently, we published a report on e-cigarettes and an evidence review that looked at the trends of e-cigarette use, safety, efficacy and...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witnesses ( 1 May 2024)

Rachael Maskell: Q We have already heard how addictive nicotine is, but do we have an understanding of the dosage of nicotine that people inhale through vaping versus through smoking? Secondly, are we missing an opportunity not to introduce a nicotine-free generation?

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witnesses ( 1 May 2024)

Professor Sir Stephen Powis: Yes, we have. If you look at admissions recorded in our statistics related to vaping, you will see that they are in the hundreds. They are relatively low, and of course much lower than smoking, but as I think you have heard from the chief medical officers’ evidence, these are not safe products. We are at the early stages of the evidence-base building around...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witnesses ( 1 May 2024)

Professor Sir Chris Whitty: I think I speak on behalf of all the chief medical officers when I say we enormously welcome the Bill, which I think the overwhelming majority of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers fully support. It is an extraordinarily important public health measure. There are three points we thought it would be useful to make, the first of which is about the harms of...

Prime Minister: Engagements ( 1 May 2024)

Kirsten Oswald: We know that more than one in five teenagers are vaping, with some experts describing it as an epidemic. Yesterday, new research suggested that teenagers who vape could be at risk of exposure to toxic metals, potentially harming brain or organ development. I agree with the Prime Minister in his wish to reduce the harms caused by smoking and vaping through the Tobacco and Vapes Bill. Does he...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking ( 1 May 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Smoking is the number one entirely preventable cause of ill-health, disability, and death in this country. It is responsible for 80,000 yearly deaths in the United Kingdom, and one in four of all UK cancer deaths. It costs our country £17 billion a year, £14 billion of which is through lost productivity alone. It puts a huge pressure on the National Health Service and social care, costing...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Pharmacy: Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking ( 1 May 2024)

Andrea Leadsom: Quitting smoking is the best thing a smoker can do for their health and smokers are three times as likely to succeed with stop smoking services (SSS) when compared to an unsupported quit attempt. As announced in Stopping the start: our new plan to create a smokefree generation, published in October 2023, the Government is investing an additional £70 million per year for five years to support...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendments 119Q and 119R (30 Apr 2024)

Earl Howe: Moved by Earl Howe 119Q: After Clause 40, insert the following new Clause—“Information: infected blood compensation scheme(1) The IBCA may provide information to another person, and a person may provide information to the IBCA, for the purposes of any matter connected with the administration of the infected blood compensation scheme. (2) The IBCA may by notice in writing...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Report (3rd Day): Amendment 119W (30 Apr 2024)

...Clause 40, insert the following new Clause—“Payments to personal representatives of qualifying infected persons(1) The Secretary of State or the Minister for the Cabinet Office must make arrangements for the personal representatives of a qualifying infected person (in their capacity as such) to receive a payment of £100,000.(2) A “qualifying infected person” is a deceased...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witness (30 Apr 2024)

Laura Young: Absolutely. The first thing to remember is that vaping is not good for you. It is slightly better than smoking, but let us definitely not push the message that it is good for you. On disposables, that is something I got to see first hand just last week. Only one place in Scotland has the capacity to recycle disposable vapes or any vapes at all. From watching that process, it...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witness (30 Apr 2024)

Ailsa Rutter: Tobacco is devastating. It is devastating to every individual who dies way too young, and to the family who lose their loved one. In my region alone, just since the turn of the millennium, 120,000 of our loved ones have died from smoking. It is not an adult choice, but a childhood addiction. The vast majority of those smokers reach a point where they deeply regret having got...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witnesses (30 Apr 2024)

Cllr Fothergill: Specifically on vaping, we support the move to plain packaging, moving them away from the counter and restricting flavours—we support all those things. I have to say that we recognise the role of vaping in helping people to give up smoking, but where children and younger people are involved, we want to move the vapes away and make them less accessible. Trading standards...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of witness (30 Apr 2024)

Paul Farmer: Age UK fully supports the proposed legislation, and we have been working alongside the Richmond Group of Charities to highlight the significant health benefits of phasing out smoking, which will help individuals and have a wider impact on society. It will have particular benefits for the NHS, which as we know faces significant challenges at the moment. Our job at Age UK is to...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witnesses (30 Apr 2024)

Matthew Shanks: It is an interesting question, whether vaping or smoking is more popular among children in schools. All I can say is that it has increased in the past three or four years. We see evidence of vaping; it is more difficult to catch children vaping, because of the size of the vapes, the fact that the smell is slightly different and does not set off smoke alarms in the same way,...

Public Bill Committee: Tobacco and Vapes Bill: Examination of Witnesses (30 Apr 2024)

Dr Griffiths: I am happy for us to do a double act between us. Thank you for such clear questions. In terms of inequality, we know that the burden of smoking falls unevenly. We have a third more smokers in the third most deprived areas, so it affects people’s health unequally. Heart disease is the world’s biggest killer, and there is absolutely no doubt that smoking is one of the major...


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