Local vaping groups hail new study showing e-cigarettes help smokers quit

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    LOCAL vaping groups lauded the latest study conducted by researchers from University College London showing the use of e-cigarettes may help thousands of smokers quit every year.

    “The results of the UCL study affirm the findings of Public Health England and many other independent expert studies, which show that e-cigarette use is associated with improved quit smoking success rates and an accelerated drop in smoking rates across the United Kingdom,” said Vishal Daswani, vice president of the Philippine E-Cigarette Industry Association (PECIA).

    “This latest study adds to the growing body of research supporting e-cigarettes or vapes as a significantly less harmful alternative to cigarettes and a viable smoking cessation aid,” said Mark Czerwin Erana, president of the Vapers PH.

    The study entitled “Association of prevalence of electronic cigarette use with smoking cessation and cigarette consumption in England: a time series analysis between 2006 and 2017” was published in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Addiction.

    It found that as use of e-cigarettes in quit attempts went up from 2011 onwards, smoking cessation success rates likewise increased. When the increase in e-cigarettes use plateaued somewhat around 2015, the increase in quit success also leveled off. Based on this data trend, the UCL research team estimated that in 2017 around 50,700 to 69,930 smokers in England had stopped smoking.

    The study was funded by Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research charity. It builds on the results of previous population surveys and clinical trials showing that vaping can help smokers to quit, according to Dr. Emma Beard, senior research associate at UCL and lead study author.