E-cigarettes Can help smokers to quit - New Research Published in 'Addiction'
The BBC article reported ‘Smokers who use e-cigarettes to quit are more likely to succeed than those who use willpower alone or buy nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches or gum’.
The survey of approximately 6,000 people found that one fifth had quit smoking with the aid of e-Cigarettes. These results show that the quit rate was 60% higher than those who did not use electronic cigarettes.
To date, there are 2 million people using e-cigarettes in the UK, which has tripled since the year 2010.
The study leader Professor Robert West, from University College is a leading UK expert in the field of smoking cessation and stated in the BBC News article, "E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking". Prof West also mentioned that despite the recent findings the most effective way to quit is to utilise stop smoking services such as quitlines. With the use of these services, people tripled their chances of quitting smoking, compared to those who choose to quit without specialist quit smoking support services.
Professor West agrees that more research is needed on e-cigarettes and their long term use. However, he mentioned that from what is currently known e-Cigarette vapour will be much less risky than smoking. He was quoted saying "Some public health experts have expressed concern that widespread use of e-cigarettes could 're-normalise' smoking. However, we are tracking this very closely and see no evidence of it.
"Smoking rates in England are declining, quitting rates are increasing and regular e-cigarette use among never smokers is negligible." The study was partly funded by the Cancer Research UK and their comments on the study can be read here.
According to Cancer Research UK's Alison Cox "smoking is the largest preventable cause of cancer and accounts for more than one in four cancer deaths in the UK- so helping smokers to is a vital contribution to the health of the UK." She goes on to say "Cancer Research UK is funding much-needed research into e-Cigarette use to help inform policy development and individual’s choices, and research such as this is helping paint a clearer picture."
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