UK Gov takes another step towards tobacco harm reduction

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I emailed the Conservative party recently on their policy towards e-cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction (actually I emailed all the parties, but only the Conservatives replied).

Unfortunately, they didn`t really seem to understand the concept (providing alternatives for smokers who want to be healthier  but can`t or don`t want to quit.)

Dear Mr Dunworth

I am replying on behalf of the Party Co-Chairman, Baroness Warsi, to thank you for your e-mail.

In response to your enquiry – the Conservative Party’s Tobacco Strategy is as follows:

‘Smoking rates have barely fallen since 2007. We need to renew our action to drive down smoking rates. That is why we have introduced a bold strategy to end the promotion of tobacco and reduce the number of adults smoking in England by over 200,000 by 2015. Through this action we will reduce smoking rates faster over the next five years than has been achieved in the past five years.’

It is very good of you to get in touch and make us aware of your project.

Thank you again for writing. I hope this reply is helpful

Yours sincerely,

Marilyn

Marilyn Lister

Office of the Party Co-Chairmen

To which I replied:

Thanks for your reply, Marilyn. I take it there is no policy on
tobacco harm reduction and e-cigarettes, then, only one on smoking?

Dear Mr Dunworth

I am replying on behalf of the Party Co-Chairman, Baroness Warsi, to thank you for your e-mail.

This is the only policy, but I think it covers the principle in your enquiry – reducing smoking in total.

Thank you again for writing.

Yours sincerely,

Marilyn

Surprisingly, the government, perhaps guided by their Nudge Unit, seems to be taking a more serious attitude towards tobacco harm reduction. Here`s a screen shot of a THR government contract spotted by tobacco harm reduction enthusiast Bill Godshall:

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And with David Halpern, chair of the UK Gov Nudge Committe, saying last month that:

`There’s no doubt it [the electronic cigarette] can save many lives and hundreds of millions of pounds…`

things seem to be going quite well for UK Vapers!

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3 thoughts on “UK Gov takes another step towards tobacco harm reduction

  1. According to the most recent statistics that I have at hand, technically the target of reducing the amount of smokers by 200.000 has already been achieved. That is the ball park figure of electronic cigarette users in the UK. Admittedly this figure would have to be adjusted to take into account the dual user. But with this the government should see that acceptance of the electronic cigarette fits very well into their harm reduction strategy.

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