Health Check newsletter: Parallels between vaping and covid-19 debates

When health issues become polarised it’s often hard to know where the truth lies, regardless of new evidence

Last week, one of my stories was on whether vaping is helpful or harmful in reducing smoking rates. It was based on research looking at whether vaping encourages teenagers to start smoking cigarettes.

The study found that, contrary to fears, vaping probably doesn’t act as a gateway to smoking. In England, as vaping rates among teens have jumped up, tobacco smoking hasn’t followed the same trend.