Oswestry business supporting initiative on vaping
An Oswestry-based business is backing an initiative which aims to encourage smokers to make the transition from smoking to vaping.
A history of smoking in his family inspired Lee Bryan to set up a vaping business, which today works with some of the largest brands in the world to ensure that their vape devices and liquids comply with regulation.
He co-founded Arcus Compliance two years ago.
This month Lee is backing the nationwide Speak up for Vaping initiative during VApril – a month-long consumer awareness and education campaign created by the UK Vaping Industry Association.
Fronted by TV doctor Christian Jessen, it aims to encourage smokers to make the transition from smoking to vaping.
Lee said: “My paternal grandparents and father were all big smokers and their health suffered as a consequence, ultimately causing their premature deaths.
"My father passed away at the age of 41 from a massive heart attack. My grandfather a few years later from a stroke, having survived a heart attack in his mid fifties and my grandmother passed away from emphysema.
“Whilst it wasn't my initial reason for getting into the industry, the choice to focus on regulatory compliance was definitely driven by my family’s loss. "I wanted to play a part in the safety and regulation of vaping products and ensure we help the smaller brands comply.
“It’s almost two years since we opened our doors as a company and we have recently launched our VAPEVIGIL software which allows manufacturers to record and process consumer health complaints around their products. "We feel that this product has such an important part to play in the development and safety of vaping products.
"Given its consumer focus, as well as the regulatory requirement for such a system, we are looking forward to seeing it develop throughout the world.”
According to Public Health England vaping is 95 per cent less harmful than smoking.
Research by Action on Smoking and Health last year revealed that there are now 3.2 million vapers who have either quit or reduced smoking.
Lee said: “The vaping sector is an amazing success story and my own personal story is a testimony to this.
"We are getting behind the national campaign and encouraging smokers to think about vaping as a way to break their habit.”
However, it comes as Dr Aaron Scott, from the University of Birmingham, has urged caution over e-cigarette use after his research showed they damaged lung tissue.
His concerns were also echoed by Martin McKee, professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who said the UK was “out of step” with other parts of the world when it came to messages around the safety of vaping.
He said San Francisco had adopted a “sensible” policy in moving to ban e-cigarettes until their health effects are fully evaluated by the US government.
Professor John Newton, director of health improvement at PHE, said the advice his organisation gives is valid on the current medical information.