E cigarettes are back in the news again, with an article being run on BBC breakfast this morning. The article highlights that the number of people using e cigs has increased from 2.7% in 2010 to over 17% in 2014. It goes on to state that just over half of current or ex-smokers have now tried electronic cigarettes, either to reduce the amount of tobacco they use or to save money.
The Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) survey went on to state that the use of e-cigarettes among people who have never smoked remains small at 1%, so on the face of it, it doesn’t appear that the e cig market is encouraging young people who haven’t smoked tobacco cigarettes to take up e cigs.
But what about the health benefits? The Smoking Toolkit Study, has discovered that the use of electronic cigarettes are overtaking the use of nicotine products such as patches and gum as an aid to quitting smoking in England.
It also found that the proportion of smokers who gave up smoking in the past year had increased and smoking rates in England were continuing to fall.
Also, the report demonstrated that the use of an e cig meant that vapers had the same low levels of carbon monoxide in their lungs as non-smokers with none of the tar and similar products associated with tobacco smoking.
So it would appear that e cigs not only save you money, but can be used to help smokers become non-smokers.