Vaping one of the key tools to quit smoking

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A recent report published by the government outlining its strategies to eradicate smoking in England, recommended vaping use as one of the ways in which this would be achieved.

Highlighting vaping as a temporary measure for people to kick the habit, will be a significant benefit to our customers in the industry who can help achieve the government’s aims.

In this month’s blog, we’ll explore how vaping can play a part in helping the nation quit smoking for good and what it means for the market.


Smoke-free by 2030

Back in 2019, the government set an objective for England to be smoke free by 2030 as part of its election manifesto pledge to increase healthy life expectancy by 5 years by 2035.

Smoke-free is defined as only 5 per cent of the population smoking and the author of the report, Dr Javed Khan has recommended the way to achieve this is to promote vaping.

While he admits that they’re not a ‘silver bullet’ he believes they’re a very valuable transitory tool for helping smokers quit.


A tool for quitting

Unlike their traditional counterpart, e-cigarettes are healthier to consume since they don’t burn tobacco nor produce tar or carbon monoxide which can lead to serious health consequences.

Instead, nicotine is inhaled through a vapour rather than harmful smoke but due to their similarity to a cigarette, the NHS have stated that vaping is a powerful tool to help smokers kick the habit.

This is because e-cigarettes help to manage nicotine cravings and when combined with the use of support services, research has shown that those who used them were twice as likely to quit smoking compared to patches or gum.

Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England is an advocate of e-cigarettes when it comes to stopping smoking.

“Smoking is still the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease – killing almost 75,000 people in England in 2019.

“The evidence shows that vaping is one of the most effective quit aids available, helping around 50,000 smokers quit a year.”


Vape warning

Public Health England strongly recommend the use of vapes if smokers are looking to quit, but this comes with the warning that they must stop smoking cigarettes altogether and that e-cigarettes should only be a temporary measure.

Users should not switch to vaping permanently as e-cigarettes and vapes can have serious health consequences.

While they are safer than tobacco cigarettes, vapes do contain some potentially harmful chemicals that can cause physiological damage.


Vape usage and projected market growth

The temporary use of vapes as a means of quitting smoking has grown over the last decade.

Their usage and popularity among smokers attempting to stop is highlighted by the fact that in 2020, vapes were the most popular aid among those trying to quit in England.

Crucially, this means our customers can play a central role in helping the nation to become smoke-free by the end of the decade.

If you want to find out more about what we offer as a leaflet supplier for the vape industry, then you can always get in touch.


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