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UK government 2022 latest report: vapes are the best choice to assist in quitting smoking, with a success rate of 64.9%

2022-12-20 16:36:21

A new independent report on e-cigarettes, Nicotine E-Cigarettes in England: 2022 Evidence Update, was recently published on the UK government's website. The report, commissioned by Public Health England and led by academics from King's College London and a group of international collaborators, is the most comprehensive report to date. Its main focus is a systematic evaluation of the evidence on the health risks of nicotine e-cigarettes.

The report mentions that e-cigarettes remain the most common and successful smoking cessation aid for UK smokers, and are far less harmful and addictive than traditional cigarettes.


(The UK government's official website published "Nicotine e-cigarettes in England: 2022 evidence update)

The report states that in 2019, only 11% of areas in the UK offer e-cigarette-related smoking cessation services to smokers, while in 2021 this figure has risen to 40%, in addition to 15% of areas indicating that they will offer this service to smokers in the future.

Meanwhile, between April 2020 and March 2021, only 5.2% of all people trying to quit smoking are using e-cigarettes on the recommendation of the government. However, the results show that the success rate of e-cigarette-assisted smoking cessation is 64.9%, ranking first among all smoking cessation methods. In other words, many smokers are actively choosing to use e-cigarettes to quit smoking.

In addition, the report showed that e-cigarette users had significantly lower biomarkers of toxicant exposure related to cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular disease than cigarette users, further validating the harm reduction potential of e-cigarettes.

The report was published by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), formerly known as the UK's Department of Public Health (PHE). Since 2015, PHE has published a review of the evidence on e-cigarettes for eight consecutive years, providing an important reference point for the development of tobacco control policies in the UK. As early as 2018, the department has highlighted in the report that e-cigarettes are at least 95% less harmful than cigarettes.

In addition, OHID updated its smoking cessation guidelines for doctors in April this year, and highlighted in the section on smoking cessation aids that "doctors should promote e-cigarettes to patients who smoke to help them quit better.


(The UK Government's Official Stop Smoking Guidelines, updated on April 5, 2022)

The report calls for accurate communication of information about e-cigarettes to correct misconceptions about them. This is because the public's misconceptions about e-cigarettes can prevent them from using them to quit smoking. For example, when warning minors to stay away from e-cigarettes, these warning messages should not be allowed to mislead adult smokers.

The report, the last in a series of independent reports on e-cigarettes, means that the available evidence is sufficient to help the UK government improve its tobacco control policies and promote e-cigarettes more efficiently to help it achieve its goal of a smoke-free society by 2030.

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