FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

Is vaping safe?

The definitive answer is that vaping is substantially safer than smoking. Public Health England’s review of evidence found that vaping is at least 95 per cent safer than smoking, a view endorsed by a number of reputable public health bodies including the Royal College of Physicians, Cancer Research UK, and the British Medical Association.

At Cuts Ice we have demonstrated that we can produce e-liquids which are around 99 per cent safer than smoking, due to our superior manufacturing processes based in science. Each bottle of e-liquid we produce is made to this standard.

Is nicotine safe?

As the old adage goes, smokers smoke for the nicotine but die from the tar. It is unsurprising that decades of public health campaigning have lead the public to believe that nicotine is the most dangerous chemical in cigarettes, but a clearer picture is emerging that shows nicotine only poses a fraction of the risk previously described.

It is crucial to highlight that whilst addictive, nicotine is not a cancerous chemical. A number of experts, including Professor Robert West, Director of the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University College London, have indicated that nicotine should in fact be viewed in a similar manner to caffeine.

Does vaping cause popcorn lung?

No, there have been no cases of popcorn lung reported in people who use e-cigarettes. It is important to note that the flavouring often linked to popcorn lung in media reports, diacetyl, has been banned in the EU since 2016.

Cuts Ice uses state-of-the-art technology to examine each liquid we develop at a molecular level, to be sure ingredients are free from any molecules of concern.

I have heard that vaping devices explode?

Stories about “exploding” vaping devices crop up from time to time in media stories, but the reality of the situation is these occurrences both easily preventable, and exceedingly rare.

Public Health England has examined statistics collected by fire brigades across the UK, and found that where recorded, fires and explosions related to vaping devices occur in low numbers, and are vastly outweighed by fires cause by conventional tobacco products.

It is never the vaping device itself which explodes, but the batteries which power these devices – the same technology which is used to power laptops, mobile phones, and a variety of other consumer electronics. Vapers can take a number of steps to mitigate against any potential failures, including ensuring batteries are carried in protective casings, never charged overnight, and are regularly inspected for damage.

Whenever selling batteries or vaping devices to consumers through our brands, Cuts Ice communicates battery safety information with jargon free, easy to understand leaflets, a step any responsible vaping business must take.

What about young people vaping?

Much has been made of youth use of vaping products, however it is important to remember the facts.

Data verified by Public Health England and Prof Linda Bauld at the University of Stirling found that among young people who have never smoked, regular use of vaping products is negligible, and put the figure at between only 0.1 and 0.5 per cent.

Cuts Ice takes its responsibility to never sell products to under 18s seriously. Our own brand websites employ some of the most sophisticated age verification software in the industry.

What about long-term evidence?

An oft repeated critique of vaping is that there is no long-term evidence on it’s safety. Long term studies are a difficult prospect, given these products have only come to prominence in the last 10 years, and the overwhelming majority of users are former smokers, who will have some degree of lung damage from their time as a smoker. But this cannot be allowed to distort the debate on vaping safety – we know that it is a significantly less harmful alternative to smoking, and smokers can be sure of health improvements if they switch entirely to vaping.

Researchers have begun to undertake research that will inform some of the long-term effects of vaping. Professor Riccardo Polosa, Director of the Institute for Internal and Emergency Medicine, University of Catania, is undertaking a study on the long-term effects of daily vaping in people who have never previously smoked, and published his first update in November 2017. Over a number of years, the study has found no negative impact on the lungs over a period of several years.

It is encouraging to see further research in this area, and Cuts Ice will do all it can to promote and support such initiatives.

Is there any risk posed by second hand vaping?

Much research has been devoted to the question of what effect vapour has on the lungs of bystanders. The research has come to one conclusion; “second-hand” vapour has little to no impact on the health of passers-by.

Public Health England has been clear in guidance that vapour poses no identified health risks to bystanders, and that employers and businesses should therefore be empowered to apply appropriate policies on e-cigarette usage which support smokers to switch and stay smokefree.

I have heard vaping is unregulated?

This assertion is oft repeated, but incorrect. Vaping has been regulated at an EU level since 2017 as part of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) which intended to bring about harmonised regulation across the 28 member states. In the UK the TPD was transposed into UK law as part of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (TRPR), which means the restrictions will stay in place following Brexit.

Cuts Ice is not anti-regulation, but strongly believes that the current regulatory regime is not proportionate. For further information on our policy positions, see here

Are most vaping companies owned by Big Tobacco?

On the contrary, 90% of the global vaping market is made up of independent vaping companies. Whilst tobacco companies own some increasingly visible vaping brands, vaping was popularised by companies independent of tobacco.

The vast majority of the vaping industry is still today run by passionate businesses set up by people who switched from smoking to vaping themselves.

Why have certain countries banned vaping if it is safe?

It is true that there are divergent views on vaping regulation across the globe, but it is important to remember that the science remains unchanged whether a vaping product is consumed in Europe, America, or anywhere else.

Unfortunately, different governments make different policy decisions based on their individual processes and influences. Cuts Ice continues to fight for proportionate, evidence-based legislation. Bans are never the right course of action, and only serves to put the lives of smokers at risk.

Why would smokers use vaping to quit rather than nicotine patches or gum?

The efficacy of NRT products has long been debated, with one study by the Harvard School of Public Health identifying that persons who have quit smoking with NRT relapse at an equivalent rate to those who do not.

Multiple studies have been found vaping to be a much more effective cessation tool than existing nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products. A recent ground-breaking randomized clinical study led by Professor Peter Hajek, Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit, Queen Mary University, gave patients attending NHS stop-smoking services either NRT products, or a vaping starter kit. After a year of use, the vaping devices were found to be twice as effective for quitting than NRT products.

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