E-cigarettes could help more than 50,000 smokers quit in the UK every year

A new study on the UK population, published yesterday in the scientific journal Addiction , shows a positive relationship between the number of people who quit smoking after switching to e-cigarettes.

The study (already peer reviewed), led by researchers at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and funded by Cancer Research UK, revealed that the use of the electronic cigarette in attempts to stop smoking has increased from 2011, as well as the success rate of smoking cessation.

And as the increase in e-cigarette use stabilized somewhat in 2015, the number of people who quit has also increased. This led the research team to estimate that in 2017, between 50,700 and 69,930 smokers quit using the e-cigarette, while they would otherwise have continued.

As part of the study, researchers used data from the Smoking Toolkit Study, a series of monthly cross-sectional surveys of households in the United Kingdom (for individuals aged 16 and over), dating back to 2006.

Data were based on approximately 1200 smokers for each quarter, from 2006 to 2017 (50'498 total smokers). Time series analysis assessed the relationship between current use of e-cigarettes and use of e-cigarettes during a quit attempt, including overall quit rate, success rate, and average consumption. of cigarettes.

Statistical adjustments were made to account for seasonality, underlying trends, population policies, and spending on mass media tobacco campaigns and affordability.

This study is based on population surveys and clinical trials, which showed that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit. England seems to have found a reasonable balance between regulation and the promotion of the electronic cigarette, "said the study's lead author, Emma Beard, an associate researcher at UCL.

"Since marketing is strictly controlled, non-smokers of all ages use very few e-cigarettes, while millions of smokers use them to try to quit smoking or reduce their smoking, " she adds.

George Butterworth, Policy Officer at Cancer Research UK, said: " E-cigarettes are a relatively new product, they are not without risk and we do not know their long-term impact yet. We strongly advise against non-smokers to use them .

" But some research seems to show so far that vaping is less harmful than smoking conventional cigarettes, and that it can help people quit smoking. So it's pretty positive that more than 50,000 people have been able to quit in 2017. To get the best chance of quitting, get help from an anti-smoking service, who can help you find the right tools to you, "he added.


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