Health chiefs tell smokers vaping is the better option

Elias Hubbard
September 22, 2017

Professor John Newton, director of health improvement at PHE, said: "E-cigarettes are now the most popular way to quit in the country, with half of all those taking part in Stoptober a year ago using an e-cigarette".

England's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) still hasn't added e-cigarettes to their list of methods to help people quit, but admitted smokers should be told that switching has helped some people kick the habit.

Last year, more than half (53%) of all those taking part in Stoptober opted to use an e-cigarette as a quitting aid, according to PHE.

A spokesman from the UKVIA said: "Public Health England's commitment to encourage smokers to switch to vaping in Stoptober is hugely significant to our nation's health".

It says: "There is now agreement based on the current evidence that vaping e-cigarettes is definitely less harmful than smoking tobacco".

"So, if you've struggled with quitting before, an e-cigarette may be the best option for you".

"To be absolutely clear, e-cigarettes are useful for public health and health service purposes only as a potential route towards stopping smoking completely".

"This is not the case - we know from current evidence that vaping carries less risk than smoking tobacco. Access to e-cigarettes needs to be controlled carefully; they are not products for children or non-smokers".

An annual campaign that encourages people to quit smoking in England has endorsed an unlikely ally in their cause: e-cigarettes.

The UK's e-cigarette industry has welcomed the inclusion of vaping in this year's government-backed Stoptober campaign.

For the first time north of the border the NHS, university research departments and high-profile charities such as Cancer Research UK have combined to deal with any confusion on the issue.

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