New Year, New You as the saying goes. For many giving up smoking will be a key goal for a better and healthier 2019. Many will use tools to quit smoking, though some may be dubious about using an e-cigarette. Because of this, we’ve compiled a list of reasons which may encourage users to make the switch and stop smoking for good.

According to the NHS if a person can go 28 days without cigarettes, then they’re FIVE times more likely to quit. However, it’s a well-known fact that nicotine, a substance found in cigarettes, is one of the most addictive drugs out there. Research has found that users who quit can experience withdrawal symptoms just hours after their last cigarette, this can leave people feeling irritable, depressed, anxious, increased appetite as well as affecting sleep and focus.

Withdrawal often leads to many people relapsing and inevitably returning to smoking. Quitters Circle reported that only 4 to 7% of people who attempt to quit smoking could do it cold turkey.

This is a worrying number that has led to many official bodies including NHS, Public Health England, Cancer Research and Action on Smoking & Health-promoting e-cigarettes.

Their support of the devices comes from research conducted by Public Health England who found in 2018 that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than cigarettes.

The Facts

In the last 12 months, there has been a significant focus on e-cigarettes following many damaging news stories that cast shadows over the devices. Due to the rising concern as to the safety of the device, trusted bodies began researching the devices and found positive results.

The BBC found that tens of thousands of Brits, each year, use e-cigarettes as an aid to quit smoking. Currently, there are an estimated 2.9 million people in the UK currently use e-cigarettes and about 470,000 use the devices as an aid to quit smoking.

Cancer Research UK found that e-cigarette users had 97% fewer cancer-causing chemicals than those who smoked traditional cigarettes.

The Royal Society of Public Health deemed vape shops a healthy addition to the high-street. This follows research conducted by the body that found an estimated 22,000 people or more are using e-cigarettes to quit smoking.

ASH, a leading body against smoking, conducted a survey in 2017 with results that showed 2.9 million people vape in the UK with 1.5 million of these being exclusive vapers.

Along with the health benefits, e-cigarette users save on average around £4000 per year. Do note this figure is subjective to the amount a person vapes and the e-liquid consumed.

As you can see there are many health and financial benefits that could mean e-cigarettes develop into a crucial tool for users to quit smoking.

The Aftermath

The increase in support has had a knock-on effect and slowly started to break the negative stigma surrounding the e-cigarette industry.

Last year MPs lobbied the government to relax the laws on vaping and allow users to vape in more public places, including workplaces, pubs, bars, cinemas, railway stations, and airports, to name a few. MPs believe they are the key to achieving a smoke-free Britain in the next ten years and are so sure that they are urging the Houses of Parliament to lead the way and become the first vape-friendly workspace.

This was a bold statement that was supported due to the lack of evidence that suggests second-hand vape is harmful to others, unlike that of cigarettes, according to Public Health England.

Public Health England has been a strong advocate for e-cigarettes and very recently released a video showing the effects of smoking in comparison to vaping. The video shows two glass domes filled with cotton wool, and one is exposed to cigarette smoke while the other to vapour from an e-cigarette accumulating a months’ worth of an average smoker or vaper. By the end of the experiment, the dome pumped with cigarette smoke shows blackened cotton wool while the e-cigarette dome remains practically unchanged.

Moving forward, Public Health England intends to use this as a campaign in a bid to encourage people to give up smoking.

The positive response from trusted bodies is certainly a step in the right direction that could break the negative views that surround e-cigarette devices.

The Future

Given the evidence above it would suggest that e-cigarettes will be a key tool used to help people quit smoking.

This, however, is a novice prediction as previous statistics have found that, despite the evidence from notable bodies, that, people still have a negative opinion on e-cigarettes.

Only last year the IBVTA reported that 17% of the public and 25% of smokers believe that e-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to cigarettes. This is a low number that shows the lack of faith Brits have in the devices.

However, as the new year dawns, it could lead to more people accepting that vaping is a healthier alternative that could end the smoking epidemic.

The question is, is this enough to encourage others to make the switch?