Electronic Cigarettes: Health Hazards

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16 November 2023.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of vaping on adult lungs.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Despite being an effective tool to help adults quit smoking, vaping is not risk free and there are unknown risks on the long-term harms. The Nicotine vaping in England: 2022 evidence update summary report agrees that, while the literature has grown considerably, there is no available evidence related to whether vapes cause respiratory diseases. More information is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nicotine-vaping-in-england-2022-evidence-update/nicotine-vaping-in-england-2022-evidence-update-summary#chapter-10-respiratory-diseases

The Department will continue to closely monitor the evidence base on vapes, including their long-term impact on health and health behaviours.

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