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 conducted 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 older, research shows that the use of e-cigarettes in smoking cessation attempts has increased from 2011, as has the success rate .
"E-cigarettes can help smokers quit smoking"
Figures included about 1.200 smokers from the previous year for each quarter between 2006 and 2017. According to the team that oversaw the research, the electronic cigarette would have helped 50.700 and 69.930 smokers quit smoking in 2017.
« This study is based on population surveys and clinical trials that reveal that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit smoking. England seems to have found a reasonable balance between regulation and the promotion of e-cigarettes" , valued Emma Beard, Senior Research Associate at UCL and lead author of the study.
George Butterworth, Principal Director of Cancer Research UK Policy, who funded the study, comments: " Electronic cigarettes are relatively new products, they are not without risk and we do not know their long-term impact yet. We strongly discourage non-smokers from using them. But research to date shows that they are less harmful than tobacco and can help people quit smoking.".
source : 2006 and 2017 - E. Beard, R. West, Michie S., J. Brown - Addiction First published: 16 October 2019 (Association of Prevalence of Electronic Smoking and Smoking in England. accessible online)