Vaping helps tens of thousands to quit smoking
Huge amounts of vapers count themselves as those who have successfully quit smoking thanks to the help provided by electronic cigarettes and APVs. Now, thanks to research from University College London, we have a clearer idea of just how many people that might be.
According to the team at the university, there are an estimated 16,000-22,000 long-term quitters in England from 2014 alone thanks to vaping. Long-term quitters are those who haven’t smoked for a minimum of a year.
Professor Robert West led the team of researchers, and said that e-cigarettes definitely do seem to help with smoking cessation. He did add that it may not be as many people as “some e-cigarette enthusiasts claim”, but that it was significant all the same.
“There have been claims by some public health researchers that e-cigarettes undermine quitting if smokers use them to cut down, and that they act as a gateway into smoking. These claims stem from a misunderstanding of what the evidence can tell us at this stage,” he added.
The team also tracked just how many smokers used e-cigarettes in an attempt to quit smoking, and found that in 2014, nearly 900,000 tried this method. There are approximately 10 million adult smokers in Great Britain, and an estimated 20 percent of adults in England are regular smokers, according to ASH. No matter what way you look at it, that’s a large number of smokers who are actively working on quitting cigarettes.
Another study from the same university recently showed that vaping has overtaken other nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum to become the most popular method of smoking cessation. No matter the method, any form of cessation is a positive one to us.