A survey conducted by ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) has revealed that “nearly half of all vapers are now ex-smokers"! 

This represents a huge increase over the two years where the “proportion was only a third, with two thirds continuing to smoke.”

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) said:

“This is important because only by switching completely do vapers significantly reduce their risks of developing smoking-related diseases. Nearly two thirds of ex-smokers who use e-cigarettes have been vaping for over a year, while more than half of current smokers who also use e-cigarettes (known as ‘dual users’) have been doing so for less than a year.”

However, it wasn’t all good news as the survey revealed a worrying trend that ASH says is part of the reason only 60% of smokers have tried vaping, with less than one in five currently using an electronic cigarette.   

ASH estimate that there are now 2.8 million adults who use electronic cigarettes in Great Britain.

The study revealed that amongst the smokers they surveyed, the most cited reason why tobacco smokers haven’t made the switch to e-cigarettes are concerns about the safety of electronic cigarettes, with only 15% of smokers believing e-cigarettes to be a lot less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes, down from 21% in 2013.

Whilst the proportion of adults who believe e-cigarettes to be either equally or more harmful than regular cigarettes rose from 7% in 2013 to 25% in 2016.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) said:

“This represents a worry trend as misperceptions about the relative risk of vaping and smoking are growing, not declining.”

These findings further highlight the disparity between medical opinion and public opinion, with both the Royal College of Physicians and Public Health England having recently published reports heavily in support of e-cigarettes and their benefits.

Public Health England last year claimed e-cigarette vapour is “at least 95% safer than tobacco smoke”.

Please note - Gamucci e-cigarettes are simply an electronic alternative to tobacco.

Subsequently one of the main criticisms levelled at e-cigarettes has been a rumoured potential for the marketing of vaping to encourage non-smokers to pick up an e-cigarette, however in reality, the ASH findings showed “There has been no increase in regular vaping amongst never smokers since 2013 with only 0.2% of never smokers saying they’re vaping.”

Dr Leonie Brose, Lecturer in Addictions at King’s College London said:

“This survey provides further confirmation that regular use of electronic cigarettes is almost without exception confined to smokers and ex-smokers. It is encouraging that among those who have never smoked, we continue to see very little experimentation and no change in the extremely low levels of current use. The proportion of never smokers who vape is the same as those who use nicotine replacement therapy.”

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