Up to 70,000 smokers quit by switching to vaping in England as researchers say a sensible balance has been struck between regulation and promotion of e-cigarettes
- University College London found vapes are on of most successful ways to quit
- Found little use of e-cigarettes by people who have never smoked in the past
- But Cancer Research UK warns that there are still potential risks to vaping
Up to 70,000 people have quit smoking in England by switching to vaping, according to a new study.
Researchers have discovered using vape pens to wean off tobacco is one of the most successful ways to stop smoking.
The team, at University College London, estimate that in 2017 around 50,700 to 69,930 smokers had stopped.
Up to 70,000 people have ditched smoking for vaping, a study has found at University College London
They looked at the Smoking Toolkit Study, a series of monthly cross-sectional household surveys of individuals aged 16 and older in England going back to 2006.
Analysis assessed the association between use of vaping and e-cigarettes during a quit attempt.
Lead author Dr Emma Beard, Senior Research Associate at UCL, said: ‘This study builds on population surveys and clinical trials that find e-cigarettes can help smokers to stop.
‘England seems to have found a sensible balance between regulation and promotion of e-cigarettes.
Vaping is recognised as one of the best ways to quit cigarettes (file photo) but Cancer Research UK warns that it still poses risks
‘Marketing is tightly controlled so we are seeing very little use of e-cigarettes by never-smokers of any age while millions of smokers are using them to try to stop smoking or to cut down the amount they smoke.’
George Butterworth, Cancer Research UK senior policy manager, added: ‘E-cigarettes are a relatively new product, they aren’t risk free and we don’t yet know their long-term impact.
‘We strongly discourage non-smokers from using them.
‘But research so far shows that vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco and can help people to stop smoking, so it’s good that over 50,000 people managed to give up in 2017.
‘For the best chance of quitting, get support from a Stop Smoking Service, who can help you find the right tools for you.’
The findings were published in the journal Addiction.