- Public Health England (PHE) recently published an update on use of e-cigarettes among young people and adults.
- Review was undertaken by leading independent tobacco experts and calls for smokers struggling to quit smoking to try e-cigarettes.
- However, false fear regarding vaping being as harmful as smoking in majority of smokers is a major concern.
- Risk associated with vaping is a fraction of that with smoking and switching to vaping completely, has substantial health benefits.
- Over the last year, e-cigarette use has improved quit success rates of smoking with estimated 20,000 successful new quits/year.
- However, incorrect belief of vaping being as harmful as smoking exists among smokers.
- Also, nicotine is largely misunderstood with less than 10% adults understanding that most smoking hazards are not caused by nicotine.
- Use of e-cigarettes in the United Kingdom has remained stagnant over the last few years at just under 3 million.
- With a decline in youth smoking rates in the United Kingdom, concern that e-cigarettes encourage smoking among young people is not supported by this evidence.
- Evidence urges local stop smoking services and healthcare professionals to provide behavioural support to smokers wanting to quit with the help of an e-cigarette.
- Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency are urged to expedite licensing of e-cigarettes as medicinal quit aids.