E-cigarettes ‘More Effective’ At Helping Smokers Quit Than NRT
A new study, called the Cochrane Review, which has been publicised by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), has found that e-cigarettes are 70 per cent more effective at helping smokers quit than nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).
However, despite these findings from an international review, the charity also found that the number of people vaping in the UK in 2020 fell compared to 2019.
In March 2020, the figures from ASH showed there were 3.2 million e-cigarette users in Great Britain, down from the 3.6 million recorded in 2019.
ASH noted that the Cochrane Review found “little evidence” that there were short-term harms to vaping. However, it did stress the need for continued, long-term research as people are using these products for longer.
Chief executive of ASH Deborah Arnott pointed out that around one-third of smokers have never even tried e-cigarettes, while fewer than 20 per cent are currently vaping as well as smoking.
She commented: “If many more smokers could be encouraged to give e-cigarettes a go, the latest evidence indicates that many more might successfully quit.”
US-based Filter Magazine recently shared findings from an ASH survey, which noted that 58 per cent of adult vapers are ex-smokers, with 60 per cent of those who have switched to vaping citing their health as the main reason that they turned to e-cigarettes.
Giving up cigarettes and preventing a relapse of smoking are two of the other most common reasons given for vaping by respondents to the survey.
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