Welcome to our Public Health Resource on Vaping

What is Vaping?

Vaping, or the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), involves inhaling and exhaling aerosol, often referred to as vapor. These devices come in various shapes and sizes, and they heat a liquid (usually containing nicotine, flavourings, and other chemicals) to create the vapor.

Health Implications of Vaping

Vaping is not risk free.

People who do not already smoke should not start to vape. Vaping is an option for smokers who want to quit. Anyone who is not trying to quit smoking should not take up vaping.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death in England and quitting smoking is one of the best things a smoker will ever do for their health.

Vapes can be effective tools for adult smokers who are seeking to quit traditional tobacco. Numerous studies have shown that vaping can help individuals reduce or eliminate their dependence on cigarettes.

While vaping is often perceived as a safer alternative to traditional smoking, it's essential to recognise potential health risks.

If you smoke, swapping to vaping and accessing smoking cessation support is the best thing you can do for your health. If you do not smoke and/or are under the age of 18 years, you should not vape.

Youth and Vaping

One major concern is the increasing popularity of vaping among youth. The appealing flavours and misconceptions about safety have contributed to a rising trend. Educating young individuals about the risks associated with vaping is crucial for preventing potential health issues.

To move Buckinghamshire towards a smokefree generation whilst also minimising the impacts of vapes on children, young people and the environment, a variety of initiatives are currently being delivered in Buckinghamshire. Additional schemes and proposals are being developed by Public Health along with Tobacco Control Alliance partners. Below is a list of current vaping projects in Buckinghamshire.

Current Public Health Initiatives

  • Vapes as a Quit Aid

Smokers who want to quit smoking using a vape are supported by Be Healthy Bucks to utilise this quit aid along with the evidence-based behavioural support provided by the service.

  • Smokefree parks and playgrounds

Our Smokefree Parks and Playgrounds initiative is voluntary and designed to educate the public and promote positive behaviour change through signs promoting smoke and vape free spaces. This awareness-raising campaign involves the local community, children in local schools are actively involved in the ‘design a sign’ process.

  • Smokefree Sidelines

Smokefree Sidelines is a collaboration between Buckinghamshire Public Health and the Bucks & Berks Football Association (FA) that aims to introduce a culture of not smoking or vaping on football match sidelines across Buckinghamshire. Smoke and vape free signs are placed around the sidelines to ensure that youth are not exposed to this. Smokers are signposted to local stop smoking services.

  • Schools pack

Schools have been sent numerous vaping resources that highlight the myths and facts around vaping. Resources include posters, leaflets and videos. There are also resources targeting parents and teachers, to support them to be able to talk to children and young people about vaping.

  • Focused enforcement activity for underage and illegal sales

Buckinghamshire has a Trading Standards Officer that is dedicated to detecting underage sales (of vapes, tobacco, alcohol and nitrous oxide) and supporting successful enforcement actions.

  • Schools survey

The school survey now includes questions on vaping. It explores whether children and young people currently vape, where they buy these from, and if anyone in their household vapes. Baseline data will enable Public Health to understand local vaping prevalence, as well as spot trends over time.

Stay informed about the latest research, regulations, and initiatives regarding vaping. Knowledge empowers individuals and communities to make healthier choices.

Remember, your health matters!