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E-cigarette use remains low among young people in Britain

E-cigarette use remains low among young people in Britain

Public Health England (PHE) released a report titled “Regular e-cigarette use remains low among young people in Britain”. The research was conducted by King’s College London and commissioned by PHE.As the title suggests, it shows that the number of under 18’s who are vaping regularly is low. It also showed that the number of adult vapers has plateaued. It was therefore suggested that more should be done to help smokers quit with the help of an e-cigarette.Youth uptake of vaping in the UKOne of the main topics covered in the report is that youth uptake of vaping in the UK...

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E-cigarettes 'much better for quitting smoking'

E-cigarettes 'much better for quitting smoking'

E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as nicotine replacements for helping smokers quit, a study suggests.A trial found 18% of smokers who used them to quit remained smoke-free after a year, compared with 9.9% of those using nicotine-replacement treatments.The study of 886 smokers is the first to test how effective modern e-cigarettes are for quitting.Researchers hope their findings will lead to vaping devices being routinely offered by stop-smoking services.Public Health England has already called for e-cigarettes to be made available on the NHS within five years, pointing to a body of research that suggests they are at least 95% less...

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5 Truths You Need to Know About Vaping

5 Truths You Need to Know About Vaping

If you have thought about trying to kick a smoking habit, you’re not alone. Nearly seven out of 10 smokers say they want to stop. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health — smoking harms nearly every organ in your body, including your heart. Nearly one-third of deaths from heart disease are the result of smoking and secondhand smoke. You might be tempted to turn to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as a way to ease the transition from traditional cigarettes to not smoking at all. But is smoking e-cigarettes (also called vaping) better for...

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Figures on vaping safety need clarifying

Figures on vaping safety need clarifying

Peter Ayton says Public Health England’s interpretation of recent research hugely understates the relative harm of smoking compared with vaping Public Health England’s use of smoking as a benchmark for the relative safety of vaping (Public Health England maintains vaping is 95% safer than smoking, 28 December) will puzzle many given that smoking is not, by any reckoning, “safe”. The key research finding, described in their own report in terms of estimated relative harms, is that the harm to vapers is around 5% of the harm to smokers. The “95% safer” figure arises because 100-5 = 95. However, this formulation...

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Misperceptions about vaping common among UK smokers

Misperceptions about vaping common among UK smokers

Research from King's College London finds smokers and ex-smokers in the UK overestimate the harm from vaping, with fewer than 6 out of 10 accurately believing that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. Misperceptions appear to be on the increase and are particularly strong in smokers and those who have never tried vaping. The Cancer Research UK-funded study, published today in the journal Addiction, used an online Ipsos Mori survey of 1720 UK smokers and ex-smokers to assess knowledge about nicotine and perceptions of the relative harms of smoking, e-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).Lead researcher Dr. Leonie Brose,...

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