RACGP Supports Vaping

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has today recommended allowing greater flexibility in prescribing for smoking cessation pharmacotherapy. This is where the good news stops for vaping.
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RACGP Supports Vaping…. Or do they?

RACGP supports vaping. This is the title being used by some blogs and reports across Australia. Its in relation to the RACGP and their recent media release

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has today recommended allowing greater flexibility in prescribing for smoking cessation pharmacotherapy.

The bold proposal, contained in the RACGP’s newly released Supporting smoking cessation: A guide for health professionals (2nd edition) (“the guide”), could prove a game-changer for reducing smoking rates.

The opening paragraph from the Media release (Full article found here) looks promising for the vape community but a closer look will certainly reveal that not once are words like “Vape, e-cigarette or even heat not burnt”. even mentioned.

Its not until you get all the way down towards the end of the recommendations section (Which is on a completely different webpage – FOUND HERE) is there any mention of e-cigarettes or vaping

Recommendation 15 – Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are not first-line treatments for smoking cessation. The strongest evidence base for efficacy and safety is for currently approved pharmacological therapies combined with behavioural support. The lack of approved nicotine-containing e-cigarettes products creates an uncertain environment for patients and clinicians, as the constituents of the vapour produced have not been tested and standardised. However, for people who have tried to achieve smoking cessation with approved pharmacotherapies but failed, but who are still motivated to quit smoking and have brought up e-cigarette usage with their healthcare practitioner, nicotine containing e-cigarettes may be a reasonable intervention to recommend. This needs to be preceded by an evidence-informed shared decision-making process, whereby the patient is aware of the following:

  • no tested and approved e-cigarette products are available
  • the long-term health effects of vaping are unknown
  • possession of nicotine-containing e-liquid without a prescription is illegal
  • in order to maximise possible benefit and minimise risk of harms, only short-term use should be recommended
  • dual use (ie with continued tobacco smoking) needs to be avoided. 

Conditional recommendation for intervention, low certainty

So why are such advocacy bodies such as ATHRA  and Legalise Vaping (See links) claiming this as a win and offering comendations to the RACGP? I guess the pro vape movement does need a lift or confidence boost given the amount of recent negative media coverage, but the author would urge and caution these leading bodies to not lower themselves to the level of the anti vaping movement and sensationalise media releases such as the RACGP release. Political spin just isn’t your shade of colour.

At the end of the day, no body or group with any persuasion be it, political, financial or otherwise is willing to risk a straight out “Yes” “seal of approval” any time soon due to long term study based evidence that is lacking.

I’m no Scientist or Doctor but my money is on vaping being less harmful than smoking but less revenue raising for the Australian Government and therefore my friends lays the core issue to the problem. Not only within the government but other organisations as well, see the RACGP “Cash for Endorsement page here

The fee depends on the size and complexity of the resource and is applied on a sliding scale from $1000 to approximately $20,000, or more.

Of course the RACGP does go on to say that the fee does not guarantee endorsement but I would bet my last dollar (I’m no gambler but this is twice I have referenced waging a bet in this article) that the higher the fee, the more likely you stand a chance of receiving that endorsement from the RACGP. Isn’t it funny how the world works.

This blog/article and the views of the author are indeed there own. No advertising or payment was made for this article. In fact, it cost the author money to produce this article. It is a different perspective from the author to entice or provoke individual thought. 

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