UK Food Banks and the Vaping Industry

UK Food Banks and the Vaping Industry

 

While the United States continues to wage its war against the vaping industry, officials in the United Kingdom are finding ways to help their citizens have access to electronic cigarettes.  As it turns out, a project is being launched in England that involves giving e-cigarettes out at food banks so that underprivileged citizens can satisfy their nicotine needs without having to rely on real tobacco.

This highly charitable initiative is unsurprising to anyone who has been following vaping news in the UK.  After all, England is extremely liberal toward vaping, even promoting it in certain environments.  We hope that this new project encourages United States officials to ease up on the vaping industry in order to make it more accessible to its citizens than ever before.

How Vaping has Made its Way into UK Food Banks

Jim McManus serves as the public health director in Hertfordshire, and his latest project involves giving out electronic cigarettes to residents in need who frequent food banks in the area.  According to McManus, vaping is a far better alternative to smoking, and so offering e-cigarettes is a productive way to help low-income residents kick their cigarette habit.

Currently, several food banks in the area have joined the initiative.  It’s believed that the idea will catch on as time goes on.  The project has not yet begun, but preparations are well underway.

McManus’ view is that smoking cigarettes is both harmful to one’s health and a highly expensive habit to maintain.  By offering e-cigs to low-income residents, McManus hopes that food bank frequenters will be able to improve their health while alleviating their financial burden.

While the project is being executed, researchers will be hard at work to study the effects of vaping on low-income citizens.  McManus recently led a study that showed how low-income people are at a higher risk of developing serious health complications due to smoking compared to middle and upper-class residents.  He believes this has a lot to do with the less accessible healthcare that’s provided to low-income residents.  He hopes to find that vaping is not nearly as harmful to the health of those living in poverty.

The UK’s Relationship with Vaping

The United States has famously denounced vaping as both the FDA and the American Lung Association refuse to acknowledge electronic cigarettes as smoking cessation tools.  The FDA has gone as far as to raid various vaping manufacturing facilities and force certain products to be pulled from shelves.

Meanwhile, in England, pro-vaping legislation passed a long time ago.  The government funded studies to demonstrate how vaping is less toxic than smoking, and this led them to make these devices as accessible as possible in order to get citizens off of cigarettes.  Currently, doctors are encouraged to discuss vaping with their patients who smoke in an effort to help them quit.  So, it’s no surprise that the United Kingdom supports food banks giving out e-cigs to residents in need.

What This May Mean for the Future of the Vaping Industry

This project has not actually begun yet, which means that we don’t really know how it will affect the vaping industry as a whole.  However, it’s hoped that such a charitable project will portray the vaping industry in a positive light to the rest of the world.  Here in the United States, vapers are waiting for the FDA to support the industry, and perhaps a study like this could move things in the right direction.

As more and more studies come out that support vaping as an alternative to smoking, it will be harder and harder for the FDA to deny its effectiveness.  Perhaps this study will be one of several to come out this year that can lead to the FDA finally throwing in the towel.

The United Kingdom’s latest initiative further demonstrates the fact that they’re leading the way in terms of supporting the vaping industry.  Meanwhile, here in the United States, the vaping industry continues to be demonized.  As time goes on, the United States hopes that officials will follow in the UK’s footsteps. 

 

Tags: vaping, smoking, smokers, UK, Food Banks, United States, FDA, regulations, electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes, e-cigs

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