Electronic Cigarettes: Health Hazards

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 4 July 2022.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made about the potential negative health effects of smoking disposable e-cigarettes.

Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people (a) in total, (b) under the age of 18 and (c) who have never smoked cigarettes that were hospitalised with symptoms stemming from the use of e-cigarettes in the last year.

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

Although not risk free, e-cigarettes or vapes, including disposables, are less harmful than smoked tobacco. A Cochrane Review, ‘Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation’, found that the rate of adverse events reported for vapes is similar to that of nicotine replacement therapy. This Review is available at the following link:

https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD010216.pub6/full

Through the current Tobacco Control Plan for England, the former Public Health England commissioned annual independent reports on vaping in England. The final report in this series will be published by the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities shortly. The report will include systematic reviews of the respiratory, cardiovascular and cancer risks from vaping, in addition to reports on the risks from fires, explosions and poisonings.

Any suspected adverse drug reaction (ADR) occurring after using a vaping product is reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). From 22 September 2020 to 22 September 2021, the MHRA received 50 suspected ADR reports associated with vaping use, with one report concerning an individual under the age of 18 years old. There have been seven reports concerning those aged under 18 years old in the last four years.

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