Smoking Cessation

Summary:

E-cigarettes are a comparatively healthy alternative to smoking. They are helping millions of people quit or reduce smoking cigarettes, improving public health. According to a recent report from Public Health England, e-cigarettes are currently the most popular stop smoking aid in England, with an estimated 2.5 million users. Of these, more than half have quit smoking completely, and the bulk of the others say they are vaping in order to stop smoking. Nearly 800,000 people in the country have quit both smoking and vaping.

The feared "gateway" effect to smoking that vaping may pose is overblown: Smoking rates continue to decline. According to the National Health Interview Survey, adult smoking rates are at their lowest level ever, with just 14 percent of the population smoking every day or some days in 2017 -- down from 15.5 percent in 2016. The biggest smoking decline is among young adults aged 18 to 24, whose smoking rate fell to 10 percent in 2017, down from 13 percent in 2016.

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