In their efforts to bring about a smoke-free UK, campaigns such as Stoptober increasingly favor vaping as a much less harmful alternative and one of the best ways to quit smoking.
UK Pushes E-Cigarettes in Bid for a Smoke-Free UK
Efforts in the United Kingdom to get smokers to stub out for good and become healthier as a result are firmly underway in October as a national campaign backs e-cigarettes as one of the most effective smoking-cessation methods available today.
Up until relatively recently, many smokers desperate to quit and regain their health have relied on methods such as nicotine gums, patches and sprays, which have not always worked in the long run. Others have turned to more expensive ways of quitting, including counselling and hypnotherapy — only to find that the urge to smoke soon returns and they’re back lighting up all over again.
Stoptober, the British campaign in October aimed at helping people quit deadly tobacco and bring about a smoke-free UK, is throwing its weight behind vaping as an effective way to get off cigarettes. “E-cigarettes are a great way to fight cravings — and they carry a small fraction of the risk of cigarettes,” it says.
Currently, nearly three million people in Britain are active e-cigarette users and, as more of the remaining nine million smokers make the switch, the figure is likely to grow substantially in the new few years.
Big Smoking Battle
Last year’s Stoptober was the first time the UK health service supported vaping as a solid way to stop smoking, but this time around the campaign has dramatically expanded its backing of e-cigarettes as one of the main methods of reaching their smoke-free UK goals.
In the UK, around 100,000 people die from tobacco-related diseases every year — a figure that includes people who inhaled secondhand smoke — and the health authorities are doing all they can to drive down smoking rates and keep people out of the hospital.
“Thousands of people in England have already stopped smoking with the help of an e-cigarette. Plus, those who combine vaping with help from their local Stop Smoking Service have a high chance of success. In 2017-18, two-thirds of smokers who did so managed to stop smoking,” this year’s Stoptober says.
It adds: “E-cigarettes can help you manage your nicotine cravings. To get the most out of it, make sure you’re using it as much as you need to and with the right strength of nicotine in your e-liquid. You won’t get the full benefit from vaping unless you stop smoking cigarettes completely.”
And the campaign has an advisory this year about nicotine, which is often believed to be among the harmful elements of cigarette smoke and is in many of the best e-liquid refills for e-cigarettes. “Many people think nicotine is very harmful to health. In fact, although it is addictive, nicotine is relatively harmless — it’s the thousands of other chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause almost all the harm from smoking,” it says.
UK Leading the Vaping Way
Britain has been at the forefront of efforts in recent times to support vaping as a top method to help people to stop smoking. It comes after a raft of recent scientific and medical research into vaping to probe any possible negative effects on the human body, and all have concluded that it’s a much safer alternative to smoking.
Earlier this year, the leading health authority in England, Public Health England, issued a renewed advisory on vaping by a panel of tobacco experts. It said “vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking and switching completely from smoking to vaping conveys substantial health benefits” and that “e-cigarettes could be contributing to at least 20,000 successful new quits per year and possibly many more.”
Now, a group of British lawmakers wants the government to cut taxes on e-cigarettes, which many people buy from a good vape store online, and allow their use in offices and on public transport — as well as lifting a ban on e-cigarette advertising. These are all collective efforts to bring about a smoke-free UK in the coming years, and save tens of thousands of lives.