According to a new research as more people in England take up vaping, the more likely are smokers to succeed in stopping in their use of regular cigarettes. The current report, published in BMJ medical journal, might not prove that e-cigarettes (or electronic cigarettes) might make people quit smoking; however, it does go to show that the chance of smokers getting rid of their smoking habit is increasing.
Statistics show that the UK experienced a significant drop in smoking prevalence from 2014-2015. The editorial that accompanies this new study notes that something seems to be working.
John Britton, the director of the UK Center for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies at the University of Nottingham, said that e-cigarettes are a major factor that aids people to quit smoking. Public health’s current challenge is to make use of the potential possessed by this technology.
A lot of health experts in the UK have been discussing the benefits of e-cigarettes related to stopping smoking. According to previously conducted research, people who tried to quit their smoking habit through the use of e-cigarettes were 60% more likely to accomplish their aim compared to individuals who made use of nicotine replacement products (gum or patches) or decided to go cold turkey.
The current research was conducted in order to see if there was any link present between active smokers using e-cigarettes, especially among individuals who wanted to quit, and their likelihood of actually being able to stop smoking.
Data from approximately 80,000 smokers was examined. This data was from smokers who participated in England’s Smoking Toolkit Study from 2006-2015. It was seen that during the last quarter of 2006, a total of 10.6% individuals were able to quit smoking. During the first quarter of 2015, the success rate of quitting increased to 18.6%. The researchers also found out that the number of people who vaped increased from 0 to 21.3% during the same period.
Vaping was also seen to increase among smokers trying to get rid of their smoking habit. A total of 35% of such individuals made use of e-cigarettes in 2015. The increase in such an item also led to a decrease in the use of other products such as nicotine patches, etc.
While the researchers weren’t able to find a concrete link between the use of e-cigarettes and attempting to quit smoking, they did find that the success rate of quitting increases by 0.098% with every 1% increase in the use of e-cigarettes. In the same manner the success rate rose by 0.058% for every 1% increase in the use of vaping by individuals trying to quit.
If the use of e-cigarettes did indeed play a role in helping smokers quit that means that a total of 54,288 people in the UK were able to stop smoking because of vaping in 2015. The authors of the study do say that approximately two-thirds of these individuals might take up smoking again. However, at least 18,000 ex-smokers would still be present due to the use e-cigarettes.
The researchers added that a person who is able to quit smoking even at the age of 40 can expect to gain at least nine more years in overall life expectancy when compared to a smoker of the same age.