Current smokers who want to quit should consider using e-cigarettes, and they should be encouraged by health care providers to switch. These are the findings from a new report led by scientists at King’s College London for Public Health England. The annual review update on e-cigarettes also found that regular vaping remains low among young people in Britain, and has plateaued among adults.
Alternative nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes could play a major role in improving public health. Smoking remains one of the leading preventable causes of diseases and quitting is still the best option for health. While e-cigarettes are now one of the most popular quitting aid according to the report, over a third of adult smokers have never tried them. Ann McNeill, Professor of Tobacco Addiction at King’s College London and a lead author of the report, said: “There is a clear opportunity for more smokers to try a method which has helped many others to quit. Smokers should be advised to stop smoking as soon as possible and explore all available options for support, including e-cigarettes.”
Peter Nixon, Managing Director of PMI’s UK affiliate Philip Morris Limited, welcomed the Public Health England evidence update today and the progress being made towards a smoke-free England: “There are more options for smokers than ever before to help them give up cigarettes, from a multitude of e-cigarettes to heated tobacco. The fact that the number of vapers has plateaued shows an urgent need to ensure smokers have the facts about alternatives.”
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