Smokers who want to quit smoking cigarettes kick their nicotine habit have been urged to spend more time around people who vape. This has come about following new research funded by Cancer Research UK.
Scientists at University College London who conducted the study, found that smokers who spend time with e-cigarette users were 20 times more likely to try and ditch tobacco for good.
Spend more time with Vapers to quit Smoking
The researchers say that the findings from the study should ease concerns about vaping, which contains less harmful ingredients than Cigarettes.
A quarter of the smokes who took part in the study said that they spent time with people who vape.
Of these, around a third had attempted to quit smoking in the previous year. In comparison, around of quarter of smokers who do not have regular contact with people who vape, tried to quit over the exact same time frame.
The research was carried out by using data provided by nearly 13,000 participants in the Smoking Toolkit Study.
Dr Sarah Jackson, the study’s lead author, said: “It is becoming increasingly more commonplace for smokers to come into contact with vapers.”
“Some concerns have been raised that this could re-normalise smoking in England and undermine smokers’ motivation to quit.”
“Our results found no evidence that spending time with vapers discourages smokers from quitting.”
She added that the findings “should help to alleviate concerns about the wider public health impact of e-cigarettes.”
Cancer Research UK’s tobacco control expert Kruti Shrotri said: ‘There hasn’t been much evidence about whether e-cigarettes might make smoking tobacco seem normal again.
“So it’s encouraging to see that mixing with people who vape is actually motivating smokers to quit.
“As the number of people who use e-cigarettes to quit smoking rises, we hope that smokers who come into contact with them are spurred on to give up tobacco for good.”
Official figures released in September revealed that every 80 seconds, one person in England quits smoking.
Public Health England estimates only one in ten people will still be smokers in five years and by 2030, the we can become a smoke free nation.
Smoking rates in the US have also plummeted, according to data from CDC, the number of smokers decreasing by 30 per cent over the past decade.