E-cigarettes have blown nicotine and gum away to become the most popular method of helping smokers quit.

The previously prevalent nicotine replacement therapies were only used by 26% of smokers, whilst millions are vaping to quit.

Robert West, professor of health psychology at University College London, says e-cigarettes are helping an astounding 20,000 smokers quit every year.

“E-cigarettes have overtaken more traditional methods as the most widely used support for smokers wanting to quit.”

“Their impact on public health at present comes from attracting people who would otherwise have tried to stop without any useful form of support.”

These statistics are not too surprising as it was revealed that e-cigarettes are 95% safer than regular tobacco.

British Heart Foundation associate medical director Mike Knapton agreed that e-cigarettes are less harmful, but is demanding more research into the long-term effects of vaping.

“This unique study shines a light on just how popular e-cigarettes have become as an aid for smokers trying to quit and we need to listen to what is helping people the most on their path to a smoke free life.”