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50,000-70,000 smokers quit each year using vapes in England, a UCL study finds

A recent study published by the scientific journal of addiction in England found a positive link between the effectiveness of people quitting smoking when using e-cigarettes.

The study that was led by University College London researchers, and was funded by Cancer Research UK, found a correlation between the success rates of quitting smoking and the use of e-cigarettes starting in 2011.

Further, in England, the number of smokers using e-cigarettes leveled out about four years ago and so did the success rate of quitting smoking.

The conclusion drawn by the data led researchers to conclude that in 2017, for example, between 50,700 to 69,930 smokers were able to quit smoking from vaping, and likely would not have been able to quit otherwise.

Dr. Emma Beard, who was the senior research associate at UCL and was also the lead author of the study explained that the study is simply further evidence that vaping can help smokers quit.

Dr Beard states: “This study builds on population surveys and clinical trials that find e-cigarettes can help smokers stop. England seems to have found a sensible balance between regulation and promotion of e-cigarettes. Millions of smokers are using them to try to stop smoking or to cut down the amount they smoke”

George Butterworth, who is involved at Cancer Research UK as a senior policy manager, has stated that “research shows that vaping is less harmful than smoking tobacco and can help people to stop smoking. So it’s good that over 50,000 people managed to give up in 2017”

It seems to me that England has it right when it comes to vaping and e-cigarette rules and regulations.  By using funding from the cancer society to fund research such as this, it opens up new and exciting information about the real world benefits of seeing over 50,000 smokers converting to what Mr Butterworth calls a “less harmful” alternative.

You can view the complete study HERE.

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