E-cigarettes, legislation and cultural changes have led to record numbers of people successfully kicking the smoking habit in the UK, say UCL researchers
Those trying to quit smoking in the UK are having more success than ever before, research by University College London has revealed. Almost 20 per cent of those who attempted to quit in the first half of 2017 have succeeded in giving up smoking tobacco.
The data shows that quitting success rates increased from a low of 13.4 per cent in 2010 to a high of 19.8 per cent in the first six months of 2017. The average over the past ten years has been a 15.7 per cent success rate.
The improvement is thought to be mainly due to the increased use of e-cigarettes, which are becoming the most popular method of quitting. As well as mimicking the experience of smoking tobacco, the reduced cost means that for the first time those on lower incomes have the same chance of quitting as higher earners, say UCL researchers.
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Previous studies suggest that e-cigarettes are significantly safer than tobacco cigarettes (95 per cent safer according to Public Health England), however there are still concerns about their health implications….
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