Stoptober Quit Smoking Campaign Embraces e-Cigarettes. Vaping is being encouraged
For the first time e-cigarettes are being encouraged in efforts to stop smoking. The annual Stoptober campaign in England is embracing the vaping form of smoking. This is seen as being the key to getting people to quit.
Until now health experts have tended to shy away from explicitly promoting e-cigarettes.
But the government campaign during October features vaping in its TV ad.
The guidance comes after e-cigarettes proved the most popular tool for quitting and done during last year’s campaign.
Some 53% of people used them. The e-cigarette helped push the numbers taking part in Stoptober since launch in 2012 to over 1.5 million.
E-cigarettes not yet officially prescribed on the NHS.
However, doctors and other health professionals encouraged to advise smokers vaping a better alternative to smoking. That is if they want to use them.
New draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) does not list e-cigarettes. Not as a recommendation to help people quit. Although patients should be told that some smokers have found them helpful when they want to give up.
NICE advises that people who want to give up smoking need to know: there’s currently little evidence on the long-term benefits or harm of these products.
A successful attempt judged to be one where the person had tried to stop smoking in the past year and was still abstaining at the time of the survey.
The biggest rise in successful attempts to quit was among people from poorer backgrounds, who have traditionally been the least likely to give up.
Latest figures suggest just over 15% of people were smoking in 2016. This down from 21% in 2007, when the smoking ban was introduced, and over 26% at the turn of the century.
As smoking has decreased, vaping has increased. About one in 20 people over 16 regularly uses e-cigarettes currently. A quarter of them are smokers or ex-smokers.
Meanwhile, NHS Health Scotland has stated for the first time that e-cigarettes are “definitely” less harmful than smoking tobacco.
All this is to get the numbers down. There are still too many people who smoke. Any advice or guidance that can be given to help is worth a try. The habit must end. Hope it works for you
— YourNewsUKtv (@YourNewsUKtv) October 1, 2017
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