Will The UK Ban Vaping? An In-Depth Look

Two hands; one holding cigarettes and the other holding an e-cigarette

The Situation So Far

The United Kingdom was one of the countries that saw e-cigarettes as an escape from regular tobacco cigarettes. They took it as a positive opportunity and embraced it wholeheartedly when the top world countries were rushing to outlaw its use. So what has changed recently that might effect the long-term legality of vaping in the United Kingdom?

Rehabilitation from nicotine intake starts from the very second you control your nerves and resist tobacco for the first time, and vapes make it easier for such people

Lately, a piece of news roaming around regarding the governments intention of banning e-cigarettes has earned a lot of raised eyebrows. The pressing concern has made the government take action, but they are not taking a wild U-turn on their decision; instead, they have planned to review tobacco and its related products (including e-cigarettes) and regulate its usage. The World Health Organization has given this advice, but the UK hasn’t acted upon it yet. But we all are aware that it is not easy to get rid of an addicting thing like this completely. Outright bans have rarely, if ever, worked when it comes to addictive substances.

A ban would emerge as terrible news for around two and a half million people of the UK’s population who like to vape. This also applies to businesses that are associated with the production and selling of electronic cigarettes, their juices, the equipment, and whatnot, which comprises about 2000 different large-scale and small-scale businesses.

Vaping is much less harmful than smoking a tobacco cigarette

Experts who work for a tobacco-free world and run campaigns for this purpose are not happy with the WHO’s decision and, henceforth, the government because they are well aware of the consequences. The facts are clear: vaping is less harmful than smoking a tobacco cigarette. To my astonishment, only one in three adults in England knows this.

Speaking from not just my own personal experiences, but also those of others who use vaping as a smoking cessation, I would like to stand by the e-cigarettes side because they have played a significant role in reducing the overall death rate caused by smoking tobacco. Without any doubt, vaping itself is full of risks and health issues, but it is less harmful than smoking. Rehabilitation from nicotine intake starts from the very second you control your nerves and resist tobacco for the first time, and vapes make it easier for such people. Reducing nicotine intake has become a simple process with certain vapes. Considering these pros it has on the general public, taking action against e-cigarettes is utter nonsense. E-Cigarette retailers are rightfully angry at the verdict. They fear the closure and, in turn, the loss they will have to face due to the decision.

What the Research Shows

The details of the potential ban have made an appearance through the report published by the tobacco regulatory committee of the WHO. It can be seen that the information targets vapes or electronic cigarettes that allow its users to control the intake. E-cigarettes have risen to the status of a fashionable and trendy gadget that is why it is preferred the most by the British people as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Around 77 percent out of the 3.2 million e-cig loving population benefit from the open vaping technique. A lot of British officials have also given their statements in favour of vapes.

The idea has been propose to call these vaporizers mods, pods, or anything else but not e-cigarettes. This name links them with smoking; therefore, we should give up on this name. Its use is very similar to cigarettes, but it does not have all those downfalls. They believe that the comparison between the two should end now.

According to the research studies done in the past five years, it has been formulated that e-cigarettes have remained successful in the cessation and reduction of smoking. The government claims that it works for the people’s well-being; it wants to lower the death toll without posing a risk on the vape industry.

A very well-known smoking regulatory organization known as ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) has done a survey. In 2020 According to that survey;

  • 42% of Brits use e-cigarettes with the vision to quit smoking.
  • 24% start vaping to keep themselves off tobacco.
  • 9% vape because they enjoy vaping.
  • 9% prefer it to reduce the daily expenditure of cigarettes.

Last But Not Least

The analysis clearly shows the success rate of vape in the cessation of smoking. The best, and fortunately likely option, for the British Government is to allow people to continue to use these devices due to their numerous, proven benefits in reducing the number of tobacco smokers in the country. A sudden ban will affect the public physically and mentally.

Overall the government, as well as the world health organizations, aim to control addictive drug consumption. The British people should not panic amid ban calls; instead, they should understand and take it as an opportunity for self-improvement by cutting the consumption rate.


Will e-cigarettes be banned in the UK? (thesun.co.uk)