We’ve all seen the news lately – at the moment of writing this, 26 people have sadly died of an awful lung disease called Lipoid Pneumonia. The media would have us all believe that this is the tragic outcome of vaping – the truth is far from this.

James Dunworth, from the University of Alberta recently suggested that if a group of people, in another country, consumed food containing ingredients known to cause serious sickness, and then got ill, would you worry about eating UK meat or using UK restaurants?

Answer is, most likely not. Public Health England (PHE) and leading scientists have debunked the claims that vaping alone has made hundreds of people sick and seven people tragically die. They’ve made it thoroughly clear that the liquids sold in the UK are regulated, probably more strictly in the UK than anywhere else in the world and that there have been no directly related cases documented in the UK from consumption of UK regulated products. Phew! That’s a mouthful!

Of course, this isn’t a disparaging of the products manufactured in the US – there are many reputable and responsible brands in the US producing products which are safe for consumption.

The investigations have confirmed that the illness has been caused by products purchased on the black market, containing THC (illegal in the UK) and Vitamin E Acetate – you wouldn’t want to touch this let alone inhale it.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Ash, said the reports from the US were “obviously concerning” but appeared to be linked to the misuse of e-cigarettes for illicit drug delivery.

“Nothing like this has been seen in the UK to date, where a proper regulatory system is in place for nicotine containing e-cigarettes, which is not yet the case in the US,” she said.

“Vapers should not be scared back to smoking by the news of vaping illness in the US. Nor should smokers stick to smoking rather than switch to vaping. It is essential however, to only use legal vapes bought from reputable suppliers in the UK and not source illicit unregulated products over the internet.”

But If this is the case, why didn’t we know about this sooner?

We could suggest that its ill-informed media coverage, it is also possible that in the US, people can be prosecuted for using illegal products that contain THC, let alone void any healthcare available to them.

The headlines can be so damaging, putting at risk the health of so many smokers debating whether to give up and switch to vaping – the abridged version of the headlines is “smoking kills, vaping kills faster” – all the while without using fact or proof of studies carried out, this news is damaging more than reputations.

In the UK all and we stress ALL products must be notified to the MHRA – just like a big PharmaCo would have to, as do e-liquid manufacturers.

At Red Liquids, we work to the strictest of regulations and are extremely proud that all of our liquids are manufactured in the UK at our facility in Manchester – they’re really put to the test and our details are publicly available on the MHRA website as a company that submits products. Offering full transparency and honesty with all ranges.

Professor john newton director of health improvement at PHE; “vaping is not without risk. But if you smoke there is no situation where it would be better for your health to continue smoking than swiching completely to vaping

We continue to work hard to advocate vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking and will continue to manufacture the highest quality liquids, fully regulated and in-line with MHRA guidance.