Summary

‘How safe is vaping? Media coverage, dilemmas and solutions in work and social spaces’

Thank you to all the people who took the time to attend the series of GFN UK Dialogues, held in Leicester, Liverpool and Glasgow w/c 20th March 2017, especially those who provided very useful and informative feedback on their experience of the events. Also a very big thank you to the local hosts and to the panellists and chairs, all who helped make the events a reality.

We are pleased to be able to share some of the proceedings with you via the videos posted here. Thanks to Jon Derricott for his efforts filming and producing these.

Overall 147 people took part in the dialogues. This number included consumers and consumer advocates, academics, public health professionals, producers and distributors of products and members of the general public.

Sixty-seven (46%) people completed a brief feedback form after the events. From these we learnt that twenty-eight per cent believed their knowledge about vaping had improved, with 89% rating their knowledge at 4 or 5, on a scale of 1-5.

Interestingly only five per cent of the same people thought that their knowledge about nicotine had increased.

With regard to concerns about vaping, which might influence and drive policy responses, there was little change in attitude prior and after the events. There were a small number whose opinion had shifted in each direction, but overall over 60% expressed low levels of concern.

The presentations were generally rated highly, with 85% rating them 4/5 on the scale of 1-5, and the dialogues as a whole rated 91% (4/5) as informative and 97% as interesting.

We also received a number of comments, some on the events themselves, others suggesting other issues we might include in future editions. The former included:

  • ‘Really useful to talk about vaping in this type of forum, without being blinded/confused by the statistics and studies. Great to hear from vapers themselves.’
    ’very interesting, valuable to hear and share opinions of colleagues on this field’
  • Issues for future discussion included relative safety of purchasing via shops and the internet and the long-term effects of nicotine use. A number of participants also mentioned the need to include those with opposing views on panels.

Issues for future discussion included relative safety of purchasing via shops and the internet and the long-term effects of nicotine use. A number of participants also mentioned the need to include those with opposing views on panels.

Issues for future discussion included relative safety of purchasing via shops and the internet and the long-term effects of nicotine use. A number of participants also mentioned the need to include those with opposing views on panels.