This week has seen the media released various articles surrounding the reported case of a British teenager who was taken ill 2 years ago with hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) after vaping for around 4-5 months.
“One allergic reaction to vaping should not diminish the positive impact this less harmful alternative to tobacco products is having for millions of users” Lizi Jenkins, Head of Technical & Development at NG360 said.
Allergic reaction – Vaping as a whole not to blame
Both the British Lung Foundation and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies believe an allergic reaction may have been the cause of the condition.
Dr Nick Hopkinson from the British Lung Foundation has stated that “it was possible the patient’s illness could have been due to an allergic response to a component of e-cigarette vapour”. Dr Hopkinson also added: “In Britain, 3.6 million people vape, and youth use remains low. If this was a common problem or a significant risk, we would expect many more cases. The advice remains that smoking carries a huge health risk and smokers need to quit if at all possible.”
E-cigarettes carry a fraction of the risk of smoked tobacco
Roseanna O’Connor, Director of Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco and Justice at Public Health England has exclaimed “We continue to keep the evidence under review, including all safety and health concerns reported to the e-cigarette regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). However, smoking kills half of life-long smokers and accounts for almost 220 deaths in England every day. Our advice remains that while not completely risk-free, UK regulated e-cigarettes carry a fraction of the risk of smoked tobacco”.
NextGEN360s commitment to providing a less harmful and responsible alternative to tobacco
NextGEN360 take the sales of e-liquids and e-cigarettes to youth extremely seriously, ensuring both our online and retail stores follow stringent steps to prevent underage sales.
All our e-liquid packaging contains a full set of ingredients and highlights any possible allergens to ensure we give our customers all the facts before they consume our products.
Thankfully, historical cases such as the above are extremely rare and vaping remains one of the most effective harm-reduction tools to enable smokers to quit a habit that kills around 80,000 people in the UK and leaving many more with debilitating smoking-related illnesses.
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