A new proof of the effectiveness of the e-cigarette in smoking cessation! According to a new English study published in the journal Addiction, more than 60.000 people in the UK gave up smoking in 2017 thanks to the e-cigarette.
Published in the journal Addiction, the study was carried out in the UK by researchers from University College London (UCL). Based on survey data Smoking Toolkit Study, conducted in England between 2006 and 2017 among people aged 16 and over, research shows that the use of e-cigarettes in attempts to quit smoking increased from 2011, as did the success rate .
"E-cigarettes can help smokers quit smoking"
The figures included around 1.200 previous year smokers for each quarter between 2006 and 2017. According to the team that oversaw the research, e-cigarettes would have helped between 50.700 and 69.930 smokers to quit smoking in 2017.
« This study is based on population surveys and clinical trials that show that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit. England seems to have struck a reasonable balance between regulating and promoting e-cigarettes" , valued Emma Beard, senior research associate at UCL and lead author of the study.
George Butterworth, Senior Director of Policy at Cancer Research UK, which funded the study, comments: “ Electronic cigarettes are relatively new products, they are not without risk and we do not yet know their long term impact. We strongly discourage non-smokers from using them. But research so far shows that it's less harmful than tobacco and can help people quit smoking." page (in French).
source : Association of prevalence of electronic cigarette use with smoking cessation and cigarette consumption in England: a time series analysis between 2006 and 2017 - E. Beard, R. West, S. Michie, J. Brown - Addiction First published: 16 October 2019 ( accessible online)