More than half of the UK’s e-cigarette users have since given up smoking, according to a recent study.
A study by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has revealed that more than half of British vapers have stopped smoking completely. This data has been welcomed by vaping activists, highlighting a drop in ‘dual use’ which public health activists had warned could be on the rise.
The ASH study shows that there are around 2.9 million vapers in the UK, with 1.5 million of these now classed as ex-smokers. Ann McNeill, professor of tobacco addiction at King’s College London commented on the news, “This year’s Ash survey finds that around 1.5 million vapers are ex-smokers, for the first time a larger number than those who continue to smoke.This is encouraging news as we know that vapers who continue to smoke continue to be exposed to cancer-causing substances”
Professor McNeill went on to deliver a warning for vapers continuing to ‘dual use’, “The message for the 1.3 million vapers who still smoke is that they need to go further and switch completely.”
The ASH study also showed that that people are overestimating the dangers of e-cigarettes, with 13% of respondents recognising e-cigarettes are less harmful than smoking and 26% believing that they were more, or equally harmful.
The number of UK vapers has grown steadily over the last few years, however the ASH report that this number has slowed down. ASH chief Deborah Arnott believes that this is due to smokers being misinformed about the dangers of e-cigarettes. Issuing a plea for smokers to consider making the ‘switch’, Arnott stated “It’s very important smokers realise that vaping is much, much less harmful than smoking,”