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Louise Ford

Louise Ford
Louise Ford
News & Entertainment Journalist

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Louise is a seasoned journalist with  20+ years experience reporting for national & regional newspapers, including the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

She has written a number of popular books, an award-winning parenting column as well as contributing interesting, informative, and entertaining news to the vaping.com community!

  1. World Vape Day and World No-Tobacco Day

    World Vape Day and World No-Tobacco Day

    Global charities and health campaigners are calling on smokers to quit their deadly cigarette habit on World No Tobacco Day.

    Cancer Research UK has released new analysis which estimates one person dies every five minutes from tobacco in Britain and has called on the government to do more to help smokers quit.

    It has launched a petition to coincide with World No Tobacco Day today, asking for the Prime Minister to establish a “Smokefree Fund ” which would help pay for the cost of tobacco control, which it says is seriously underfunded.

    Meanwhile, a group of leading tobacco harm reduction groups including World Vapers’ Alliance have been highlighting vaping’s role in cutting death and disease from smoking with the launch of World Vape Day yesterday (May 30th).

    Now in its fourth year, the event saw the worldwide vaping community champion global harm reduction efforts and the benefits of using e-cigarettes - which Public Health England deems

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  2. A Guide to Recycling Vape Products

    A Guide to Recycling Vape Products

    WHILE vaping has made huge strides in helping millions of smokers move away from cigarettes, with even the NHS promoting them as a healthier alternative to tobacco - the rise in vaping is bringing a new green threat to the health of the planet.

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  3. Australia Vape Ban while UK Offers Smokers Free Vape Kits

    Australia Vape Ban while UK Offers Smokers Free Vape Kits

    While Australia’s vape ban on all recreational vaping in a huge crackdown on illegal sales, the UK government’s support for e-cigarettes remains firm and is one of the key measures to help make Britain "smoke-free" by 2030. 

    In stark contrast to the vaping Australia ban Down Under - where the government has announced e-cigarettes will be available on prescription only - Britain has ramped up its support of vaping in recent months and is handing out a million free vape kits to smokers in England.

    Many health experts and MPs in the UK agree that while teenage vaping must be addressed urgently, a vape ban could lead to a huge black market in unregulated vapes. The government also supports Public Health England’s (now UK Health Security Agency) report that regulated vapes are likely "95 percent safer" compared to cigarette smoking.

    Australia, meanwhile, will soon see the importation and

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  4. VApril Is Go - 2023

    VApril Is Go - 2023

    SMOKERS are being encouraged to vape this April by taking part in the UK’s official, and world’s largest, Vaping Awareness Month.

    Now in its sixth year, VApril aims to spread awareness and champion the benefits of vaping over tobacco, while highlighting it is 95% “less harmful than smoking”, according to the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities.

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  5. Vaping.Com Supports National ‘No Smoking Day’

    Vaping.Com Supports National ‘No Smoking Day’

    A HEALTH campaign to get the UK to quit smoking this March is urging smokers to try vaping if they want to switch for good.

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  6. Disney World Ramps Up Vaping Rules in 2023

    Disney World Ramps Up Vaping Rules in 2023

    A tough choice for any ex-smokers who have ditched their deadly cigarette habit and switched to vaping and are looking forward to experiencing the magic of Disney or Universal this summer.

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  7. Vaping & The Environment- How YOU Can Make A Difference

    Vaping  & The Environment - How YOU Can Make A Difference

    WHILE vaping has made huge strides in helping millions of smokers move away from cigarettes, the rise in vaping is bringing a new green threat to the health of the planet.

    Cigarette butts have long been the most littered item on Earth, with 4.5 trillion discarded every year polluting the world’s streets, beaches, and waterways - but with e-cigarettes exploding in popularity, experts say vaping might not be too far behind.

    Since vapes contain plastic, nicotine salts, heavy metals, and batteries which unless disposed of properly won’t biodegrade and could find their way into waterways, and soil, endangering wildlife, it’s time to take action.

    To show the scale of the problem - and confusion - amongst vapers - 51% of young people have admitted to throwing away disposable e-cigarettes and pods in the rubbish, 17 % in recycling bins, not designated for vape use, and

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  8. NHS & Government Campaigners Scoop Prizes at Vaping Industry Recognition Awards 2022

    NHS & Government Campaigners Scoop Prizes at Vaping Industry Recognition Awards 2022

    Some of the biggest supporters and pro-campaigners of Britain’s ever-emerging vape industry have been honoured at the prestigious Vaping Industry Recognition Awards 2022.

    Hosted by the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), the ceremony saw members from all sectors of the industry, including politicians and representatives from the NHS and Trading Standards, celebrated for their hard work and support.

    Dr Anita Sharma, a local GP from Oldham who has been campaigning for smokers, including pregnant women, to switch to vaping to improve their health, was awarded Most Supportive Public Health Professional.

    While Mike Pawsey MP, who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Vaping which explores appropriate legislative responses and reports into e-cigarettes as a harm reduction tool was handed the accolade for Most Supportive Parliamentarian.

    The Independent European Vape Alliance (IEVA) meanwhile

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  9. Free Vapes For Prisoners

    Free Vapes For Prisoners

    Prisoners are to be handed free vaping kits as jails in Scotland go tobacco-free.

    Cigarettes will be banned in all prisons from November 30th to bring them in line with UK law, which forbids smoking in public places.

    Until now, prisoners have been allowed to smoke in their cells and some communal areas.

    The new £200,000 initiative is part of a country-wide programme to support inmates giving up tobacco. Vapes will be given to all prisoners free of charge at the start of November, to give them time to make the switch before the new rules come into force.

    Plans to ban tobacco in prison were announced last year amid growing concern about the health risks of passive smoking.

    At present, 80 per cent of the prison population are still smoking cigarettes in Scotland and it is hoped the vaping kits will prevent unrest and even riots which has occurred

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  10. Ex Smokers Prefer Fruity E-Liquids Says Doctor's FDA Survey

    Ex Smokers Prefer Fruity E-Liquids Says Doctor's FDA Survey

    VAPERS who no longer smoke cigarettes prefer fruit and dessert e-liquids over tobacco flavours, according to the findings of a major survey overseen by a leading doctor.

    The data from nearly 70,000 Americans who vape or have tried vaping, and took part in the US Flavours Survey initiated by Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos and a team of colleagues has now been submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration.

    The government department asked for feedback in response to its Advanced Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking on vape (and other “tobacco product”) flavours earlier this year and Dr Farsalinos, a research fellow and cardiologist who has published over 50 studies and articles on smoking, tobacco harm and e-cigarettes, believed it was vital someone gathered data direct from vapers across America to help shape new government policy.
    Lead author Dr Farsalinos says the research team, which includes two of his colleagues from the

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  11. Vape Ban For Football Fans Going To World Cup in Qatar

    Vape Ban For Football Fans Going To World Cup in Qatar

    VAPING football fans travelling to the World Cup in Qatar will face imprisonment and heavy fines if they take e-cigarettes with them, it has been reported.

    Supporters flying in from across the world to watch the tournament in November are being advised to leave all vape equipment behind due to strict Qatar laws.

    E-cigarettes were banned in the country in 2014 and anyone caught in possession face penalties ranging from fines of up to 10,000 riyals - or £1600 - to a three-month prison sentence.

    Those who vape having switched from cigarettes are advised to consider taking alternative nicotine replacement therapies with them instead.

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  12. “Worrisome” US Vape Research Blasted As “Irresponsible” By Top UK Scientists

    “Worrisome” US Vape Research Blasted As  “Irresponsible” By Top UK Scientists

    Senior British academics, who recently carried out the largest review of its kind on e-cigarettes for the UK government, were reportedly “in despair” over the new research in America which made global headlines, explaining that nicotine in vaping causes these symptoms - and coffee create a similar if not larger response.

    The American research by the University of Wisconsin sparked a barrage of news articles last week when it’s Cardiac and Lung E-Cig Smoking (CLUES) Study - due to be presented at this weekend’s American Heart Association’s Scientific Session - reported how participants suffered increased blood pressure and heart rate along with blood constriction, immediately after vaping or smoking cigarettes. 

    In a second report, they found people who used e-cigarettes consistently performed worse on treadmill exercise measurements, compared to those who did not use nicotine. The “significant

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  13. Brits Want Roast Chicken Vape Flavour

    Brits Want Roast Chicken Vape Flavour

    VAPERS in the UK have voted for their most-wanted e-cigarette flavour of the future – roast chicken.

    The famous British roast dinner topped a poll run by (UK based vape business VIP) which surveyed Brits’ dream vape juices followed by three runner-ups; apple crumble, chocolate brownie and cheesy chips. The survey of 1,000 people, launched to coincide with the country’s e-cigarette awareness month VApril, found preferences varied based on location, gender and age. Londoners tended to prefer mango chutney, vapers from northern city Leeds preferred Diet Coke, while Millennials were keen on almond milk, garlic bread and Prosecco.

    With a huge growth in the vaping market across Britain in the past few years - up from 700,000 vapers in 2012 to three million today - demand for new e-liquid

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  14. Vaping as Safe as Nicotine Patches for Pregnant Smokers

    Vaping as Safe as Nicotine Patches for Pregnant Smokers

    Vaping is as safe as nicotine patches for pregnant women wanting to switch from cigarettes and could be “more effective” according to new medical research.

    The study has found that pregnant smokers were more likely to make a better transition away from smoking when using e-cigarettes than patches after four weeks.

    The UK research, which involved 1,140 smokers who were around 15.7 weeks pregnant and smoked an average of 10 cigarettes a day, also revealed that:

    vaping did not pose any greater risk to mothers or babies during pregnancy than other nicotine replacement methods”.

    The study published in Nature Medicine magazine is one of the first to look at the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes amongst women who are pregnant.

    It comes as Dr. Francesca Pesola, the author of the research

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  15. Smokers find health promoting role in vaping

    Smokers find health promoting role in vaping

    A new scientific study has revealed that smokers who switch to vaping may be more likely to improve their health and well-being over those who choose cigarettes.

    Research by the University of Washington has shown adult cigarette users who had shifted to vaping in their 30s reported to be more focused on “better health and wellbeing”.

    Smokers who opt to vape may also have “more opportunities for healthy social engagement” - thus promoting “healthier ageing among nicotine users approaching midlife”, the study also found.

    The research looked at 156 smokers and monitored changes in “health and social functioning” between the ages of 30 and 39.

    Of the 156 study participants, 64% smoked

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  16. Guide to Vaping Rules & Etiquette

    Guide to Vaping Rules & Etiquette

    tiquette Experts Debrett's Reveal Vaping Rules in New Do’s & Dont’s Guidance.

    If you have ever been somewhere and not quite known what the right vaping etiquette was – Debrett’s - the leading authority on etiquette and behaviour, has compiled the ultimate guide to social vaping rules, including a list of “dos and don’ts” so you can easily avoid offending others.

    This handy new guide on how to vape politely takes you through top tips like:

    • Never vape on Zoom (other online meeting platforms are available!)
    • Avoid vaping in confined spaces such as lifts and public bathrooms, don’t vape and eat at the same time - and if in doubt, just ask.

    A greater number still, 61% of the 2,000 adult nicotine users questioned in the research

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  17. Grammy’s Vaping Surprise - Singer’s Red Carpet Appearance Puts Famous Vapers in the Spotlight.

    Grammy’s Vaping Surprise - Singer’s Red Carpet Appearance Puts Famous Vapers in the Spotlight.

    Doja Cat. Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0

    US RAPPER Doja Cat put vaping firmly in the spotlight at the 64th Grammy Awards in Las Vegas this month as she boldly vaped on the red carpet before receiving an award for her contribution to music.

    The star - who was nominated for a staggering eight Grammys at this year's event and took home the Best Pop Duo Performance award - turned heads for accessorizing her designer Versace gown with a vape pen as she appeared at the star-studded event.

    But despite it being cited as a bold move, Doja isn't the first musician to appear in public vaping, with many fellow singers attributing it to helping them make a switch away from smoking.


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  18. Smoking Alternatives Hit By New UK Tax

    Smoking Alternatives Hit By New UK Tax

    THE UK government is set to introduce a tax on heated tobacco for the first time.

    In the 2018 Budget announced this week, “heat not burn” smoking alternatives, which include brands such as Philip Morris's iQOS, will be taxed at the same rate as hand-rolling tobacco from April 2019.

    Britain’s The Mirror newspaper discovered the “hidden” measure after painstakingly trawling through the Budget’s red book, after it was released by Chancellor Philip Hammond on Tuesday (October 30th).

    Duty on rolling tobacco amounts to around £7 for the smallest (30g) packs, while under the new tobacco duty, prices of cigarettes will cost £10 for a packet of 20.

    But experts say that the government's tax hike on tobacco will do little to discourage smokers with a better way of helping people quit to help develop and promote e-cigarettes and vaping instead.

    Giles Roca of the Tobacco Manufacturers' Association said: "Tobacco taxes have

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  19. 'Artificial Intelligence' Installed In Schools To Catch Vapers

    'Artificial Intelligence' Installed In Schools To Catch Vapers

    SCHOOLS across America are increasingly installing Artificial Intelligence in bathrooms to catch young vapers, it has been revealed.

    Pro-vapers have slammed the latest extreme measures in response to a so-called vaping “epidemic” sweeping the US, saying underage use of e-cigarettes has been vastly over-exaggerated by the media and campaign groups.

    But over 200 schools in 23 American states and Canada have installed special AI devices, which are trained to detect the water vapour signatures coming from vaping pens, e-cigarettes and other vaping paraphernalia. Its manufacturers claim it is now receiving 20 new inquiries a day from schools.

    The Fly Sense device, which uses machine-learned AI, was originally developed by Soter Technologies to detect bullying in school, since it also reacts to elevated sound levels that might indicate fighting. But it has quickly been brought in to monitor vaping instead as concerns among parents rise.

    It works by using technology

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  20. Hospitals start to roll out vaping zones after PHE advice

    Hospitals start to roll out vaping zones after PHE advice

    HOSPITALS across the UK have started to roll out vaping zones following Public Health England advice.

    While many are already smoke-free, hospitals have agreed patients, staff and visitors alike can vape in certain areas.

    In support of today’s (March 14th) No Smoking Day, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is reaffirming its commitment to being a smoke free organization and has gone one step further in taking the decision to allow the use of e-cigarettes.

    The move was taken in the wake of PHE’s findings that vaping is considerably less harmful than tobacco.

    In its report last month, the agency advised hospitals should sell vape kits and provide vaping lounges, while suggesting e-cigarettes be made available on NHS prescription to help smokers quit.

    Research by the UK’s Royal College of Physicians also reported that vaping is up to 95 percent less harmful to use than traditional cigarettes, which

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