It's a great time for vaping in the UK! According to a recent report from anti-smoking charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), the number of vapers in the UK has risen from 800,000 in 2012 to over 4.2 million today. This means that about 8.3% of adults in the UK now use e-cigarettes.
The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) publishes a biennial report that charts the distribution and regulation of safer nicotine products worldwide. The latest edition, entitled "The Right Side of History," reflects on the historical trajectory of tobacco harm reduction. This report provides a succinct summary of the report and examines the key points raised in the article.
The UK government has set an ambitious goal of achieving a smoke-free society by 2030, with a target of less than 5% of the population smoking by the end of the decade. To achieve this goal, Dr. Javed Khan OBE, a charity CEO, produced a report outlining several recommendations for the government to implement.
The latest report from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), which was formerly known as Public Health England, provides a comprehensive overview of the latest research and evidence on vaping in the UK. The report confirms that vaping is a safer alternative to smoking, with both Cancer Research UK and OHID stating that vaping is 95% less harmful than smoking. The report also highlighted the effectiveness of vaping as a tool for quitting smoking, with a 65% success rate among quitters.
The article published by the Mail Online that claims that "Vapes DON’T help people quit smoking normal cigarettes" is based on a study conducted by George Washington University, which has several limitations. The study only includes data from 545 dual users, who decided to quit vaping over a 5-year period. This is a small sample size and the study was conducted in the US, where vaping has been demonized in the media due to a series of news stories and the influence of large tobacco companies.