E-cigarettes to help over 50,000 smokers to quit smoking in England each year


A study of UCL researchers has analyzed the rate of quit attempts and use of e-cigarettes. Figures suggest in 2017, around 50,700 to 69,930 smokers had quit smoking who would have otherwise continued smoking. The study also observed from 2011 onwards the quit attempts increased, in addition to the rate of quitting.

Researchers referred to the Smoking Toolkit Study, a study of monthly cross-sectional survey of household with individuals of 16-years of age and above in England. The data was based on about 1200 smokers within each quarter between 2006 and 2017. Reports suggest the time series analysis examined the association between current use of e-cigarettes and use of e-cigarettes during a quit attempt.

The study also examined the overall quit attempts, quit success rate, and the average cigarette consumption rate. Furthermore, statistical adjustments were made based on population level policies, seasonality, spending on tobacco mass media, and on affordability of tobacco.

Lead author Dr Emma Beard, Senior Research Associate at UCL said the study on population surveys and clinical trials that find e-cigarettes can help to smokers to stop. She quotes England has achieved a balance between promotion and regulation of e-cigarettes. Furthermore, she also mentioned that since marketing is strictly controlled, less use of e-cigarettes by never-smokers of any age is common. This is further used by millions of smokers who tried to stop smoking or cut down the amount on smoking.

George Butterworth, Cancer Research UK senior policy manager also said that since the long-term impact of e-cigarettes is not known, non-smokers should refrain from using them. On the other hand, he said vaping is less harmful and can help people to stop smoking. “So it’s good that over 50,000 people managed to give up in 2017,” he added.