E-cigarette consumers are smokers trying to quit.
The perhaps most influential tobacco study in the UK, The Smoking Toolkit Study, has collected important information regarding smoking and cessation in the UK since 2011.
STS also looks at vaping and e-cigarette habits in the population, and though the massive increase in e-cigarettes has levelled, e-cigarette use is still rising.
E-cigarette users are smokers looking to cut down or ex-smokers using them to quit.Health Behaviour Research Centre, Robert West
At this point e-cigarettes are now the most popular method used to quit smoking tobacco.
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Professor of Health Psychology at the Health Behaviour Research Centre, Robert West, and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health is involved in the research done by the STS and said; “E-cigarette users are smokers looking to cut down or ex-smokers using them to quit. Some are concerned that they attract non-smokers, but the evidence clearly demonstrates that only 0.1% are never-smokers.”
Do e-cigs mean higher tobacco cessation rates in the future?
The latest numbers in the STS research show that e-cigarette use is well distributed among the age ranges, but other nicotine replacement therapy methods are more popular with those slightly older. This may have to do with perception and knowledge, being exposed to NRT marketing for a longer period of time.
Professor West states that vaping is at least as effective as NRT on prescription, and more effective than over the counter NRT. What strikes West the most is the popularity of e-cigarettes.
It is due to this popularity that e-cigarettes are raising interesting questions, and the STS are curious to find out. So far, the numbers show that e-cigarettes may translate into higher complete quit rates from tobacco.