Around 900,000 people used e-cigarettes last year instead of behavioural support or prescriptions to quit smoking, a new study has revealed.
A new study published by the Addiction journal estimates e-cigarettes are helping 22,000 people quitting per year, raising the long-term success rate from 5% to 7.5%.
University College London, who conducted the study, says that only 28.2% of quitters did so via the e-cigarette, showing there’s still a long way to go until every quitter tries vaping.
Professor Robert West, who led the study, said that pro-vapers had exaggerated previous vaping statistics, the new conclusions are “significant”.
Prof West also dismissed speculation that e-cigarettes could be a gateway back to smoking.
“These claims stem from a misunderstanding of what the evidence can tell us at this stage, but this is clearly something we need to watch carefully.”
With such overwhelming evidence added by the Addiction Journal’s research, it’s difficult to make a case for smokers looking to quit to avoid e-cigs.
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