Tobacco: Research

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st June 2022.

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Photo of Ben Bradley Ben Bradley Conservative, Mansfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Advancing Our Health: Prevention in the 2020s Green Paper published on 22 July 2019, if he will recommit to undertaking a call for independent research on heated tobacco products.

Photo of Ben Bradley Ben Bradley Conservative, Mansfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a traffic light system for the relative health impacts on tobacco and nicotine products.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The next Vaping in England report, commissioned by the Department, includes a chapter on heated tobacco products. It reviews data on use of these products, the evidence for use in smoking cessation and the exposure of users to major toxicants. The report will be published later this summer. In addition, a systematic review on heated tobacco was published by the Cochrane Collaboration earlier this year, which is available at the following link:

https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD013790.pub2/full

No assessment has been made for the introduction of a traffic light system for the relative health impacts on tobacco and nicotine products.

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