Public Health England recently published some excellent video commentaries on vaping and e-cigarettes by genuinely thoughtful and engaged public health experts – I have collected them here. These are intended for an English audience, but they deserve a much wider airing because they show what public health could be like if it actually approached the subject with an open and enquiring mind, regard for evidence and an attitude of humility and empathy.
Distinguishing between vaping and smoking
Protecting children and young people
Supporting smokers to stop
Impact on compliance with smokefree laws & policies
For each of the expert views put forward, a ‘contrasting view’ is presented. The contrasts are primarily about doubts or caution about hypothetical risks in most cases. In the case of Andy McEwan and Peter Astley their presentations aren’t really a contrast at all. But I think these give useful idea of the strength of argument and evidence that stands behind the concerns of some in public health.
Contrasting view: Distinguishing between vaping and smoking
Contrasting view: Protecting bystanders
Contrasting view: Protecting children and young people
Contrasting view: Supporting smokers to stop
Contrasting view: Impact on compliance with smokefree laws and policies