E-cigarettes users rise in UK to more than three million for the first time. A new survey by Action on Smoking and Health shows that nearly 3.2 million people are using e-cigarettes in Britain and around 7.4 million smokers are using tobacco cigarettes.
According to a survey of 12,000 British adults, most tobacco smokers have quit smoking and have switched to electronic cigarettes as well as 40% are trying to give up.
Experts at Public Health England earlier this year said that vaping is 95 percent less dangerous than smoking tobacco cigarettes. They also added that e-cigarettes should be listed in prescription-based services as they are reported to help people quit smoking. E-cigarettes have a nicotine-laced liquid that vaper inhales.
Ash, the public health charity has reported a 10% increase in e-cigarette users between 2017 and 2018.
“UK policy is on the right track, with thousands of smokers making the switch to vaping and improving their health and little sign of non-smokers taking up vaping,” Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Ash, said.
“But even more smokers could benefit if e-cigarettes were licensed as medicines and available on prescription,”
The new survey notes that the number of vapers in Britain has from around 700,000 in 2012 risen over the past few years. She also said that British smokers are showing their interest in e-cigarettes and considering it as a healthier option.
“Campaigns from Public Health England and others to challenge these views are important and must continue,” suggests Dr. Leonie Brose, from King’s College London.