Published On: 2018-10-16
e-cigarettes use in England graphic with texts: Just under 2,5 million people use e-cigarette in England: 600 000 smokers who vape with no plan to quit smoking; 600 000 who are vaping as means to quit; 1,2 milllion vaper who have now quit smoking, not including over three quarters of a million who have quit vaping and smoking

According to a recent study by Public Health England, e-cigarettes are “the most popular stop smoking aid in England”. Leading UK public health organizations agree, that although not completely risk-free, the e-cigarette is far less harmful than the regular cigarette. They also claim, based on available research, that the risk reduction is estimated to be at least 95%.

Year to year the number of adult smokers in England is declining, currently being at an all-time low. According to the research, there are around 2.5 million e-cigarette users currently in England, 51% of which have stopped smoking cigarettes completely. The evidence shows, that the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as a stop smoking aid is “broadly similar to prescribed stop smoking medicines and better than NRT [nicotine replacement therapy] products if these are used without any professional support. E-cigarettes are particularly effective when combined with expert help from a local stop smoking service.” Public Health England claims, that the probability of quitting smoking when using e-cigarettes increases by 50%.

E-cigarettes combined with professional help can even quadruple your chances of quitting smoking. The best way to raise your chances of quitting smoking is by using NRT or e-cigarettes combined with the help of a professional. That way you are up to four times more likely to quit. It is also claimed that 16 in 100 remain nonsmokers one year after quitting with the help of a professional and using e-cigarettes or NRT.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-matters-stopping-smoking-what-works/health-matters-stopping-smoking-what-works.

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