KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 – A new study indicates that vaping has aided tens of thousands of Britons to quit smoking annually.
“Roughly 50,000 to 70,000 UK smokers are giving up annually and embracing e-cigarettes,” according to Bloomberg, citing a report by researchers at University College London published the scientific journal Addiction and funded by Cancer Research UK.
“England seems to have found a sensible balance between regulation and promotion of e-cigarettes,” lead author Emma Beard was quoted saying.
“Millions of smokers are using them to try to stop smoking or to cut down the amount they smoke.”
The research studied the rise of vaping since 2011, saying it correlated with a pattern of declining smoking rates since then.
Data were based on thousands of smokers between 2006 and 2017, tracking their efforts to quit and their use of e-cigarettes.
The report highlights a difference in attitudes toward vaping in the US and the UK.
Bloomberg reported that various US states and cities have restricted access to new vaping devices, following more than 1,000 cases of lung disease that have largely been linked to liquids laced with THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis.