“Vaping may be associated with further denormalisation of smoking”

Over the last twenty years the focus of policies on tobacco control has sought to denormalise smoking, but the popularity of vaping has led to a school of thought that it is making smoking normal again.

However a recent study by Glasgow-based Centre for Substance Use Research (CSUR) has shed doubt on the suggested link between the high visibility of e-cigarettes and the renormalisation of smoking.

Led by Dr Neil McKeganey, Director of CSUR, researchers interviewed 100 non-smokers aged between sixteen and twenty-nine who had witnessed e-cigarette and vaping use in a wide range of social situations.

The findings were published in the International Archives of Addiction Research and Medicine this month.

The study also concluded that as long as e-cigarette use remains distinguishable from smoking cigarettes “there is a possibility that vaping may be associated with further denormalisation of smoking”.

Interviewees said they considered people who vaped were indicating a desire to give up smoking.  And while the sight of vaping made some interviewees curious, the report said “there was little indication that our sample of non-smokers were intending taking up vaping on a regular basis”.

A third of those who found seeing vaping had made them curious about it said they had tried vaping. However, none went on to vape frequently.

Taiwan Looks Set to Relabel E-cigs Containing Nicotine Amid Fears of Normalisation

Ecig Intelligence reports that an expected change in Taiwanese law would see e-cigarettes containing nicotine reclassified as tobacco products, while non-nicotine products become pharmaceutical products. The changes are expected amid government concerns over normalisation of vaping and the uptake by young people.

Currently in Taiwan nicotine containing e-cigarettes are categorised as drugs and require a licence to be sold legally.

As no licences have been granted for e-cigarettes the move would instead make e-cigarettes with nicotine legal, but subject to the same restrictions as tobacco products.