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UK survey shows rising use of vaping as a means of quitting smoking

9th May 2017

E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly widely used by smokers as a means of quitting tobacco, according to a new study.

The national survey of 12,696 adults by YouGov, conducted on behalf of Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), indicated that an estimated 2.9 million adults in Britain currently use e-cigarettes.

However, of particular significance was the fact that there are now more ex-smokers who have switched to vaping – 1.5 million people – than current smokers, with quitting smoking cited as the main reason people offered for their use of e-cigarettes.

There has been a fourfold increase in the number of vapers since 2012, when the figure was 700,000. However, it was noted that growth has slowed in recent years, with general understanding of the reduced risk of vaping compared to smoking tobacco on the decline.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH, said: "It's very important smokers realise that vaping is much, much less harmful than smoking."

The report also raised concerns about the number of people who dual-use combustible and electronic cigarettes, which poses a considerable health risk.

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