According to the latest report, the smoking rate in Britain has dropped from 33% in 2006 to 16% today.And half of British smokers have abandoned traditional cigarettes in the past 10 years.
Before the advent of e-cigarettes in 2006, Britain had a high smoking rate in Western European countries, reaching up to 33%, which was higher than the average in Europe, and even worse than the current smoking situation in China.
Electronic cigarette has become a new weapon for tobacco control
Britain is an early country to develop e-cigarettes. Before the advent of e-cigarettes, there were various smoking cessation drugs, nicotine replacement therapy, smoking cessation counseling centers and various smoking cessation clinics. However, the number of smokers has not decreased significantly.
Electronic cigarettes have also been questioned in Britain since their advent. British scientists have studied e-cigarettes for many years, and finally confirmed that e-cigarettes can reduce the harm by 95% compared with traditional cigarettes, and can help smokers quit smoking. The UK Public Health Agency released this conclusion to smokers on its website and encouraged smokers to use electronic cigarettes to quit smoking. Dozens of health institutions have expressed strong support for e-cigarettes after carefully evaluating the scientific findings.
Facts have proved that the British approach is extremely correct. In the past decade, Britain has been far ahead of other EU countries in public health.
According to a study from the British Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in 2017, the UK smoking rate has dropped to 17% in 2017, while in other EU countries with stricter controls on e-smoking (in the UK, e-smoking equipment is sold as a smoking cessation tool and is more free compared with other EU countries), the average smoking rate is still 26%, compared with the level 10 years ago. The average data is 32%.
Undoubtedly, the British government’s achievements in helping smokers quit smoking are encouraging.
From the perspective of public health, electronic cigarette is the most effective way to quit smoking so far.
A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in 2017 analyzed smoking cessation among American smokers from 2013 to 2014.
Data shows that 2.2 million smokers quit smoking in the United States use electronic cigarettes, 1.47 million smokers use traditional nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), 418,000 smokers use prescription drugs, and 124,000 smokeless tobacco.
According to the research results, electronic smoking is not only the most popular way to quit smoking, but also the most effective way to quit smoking. 540,000 smokers successfully quit smoking using vapes. Together with prescription drugs, nicotine replacement therapy has only succeeded in helping 354,000 smokers quit smoking successfully.
Under the big data, it has become an indisputable fact that electronic cigarettes can help smokers quit smoking instead of smoking, and are making important contributions to the WHO’s smoking control goals.
As we all know, the UK government shoulders the health care fee of its people and this fee is beyond the ability of the UK government now, which causes great stress to the government. To make people more healthy and reduce the health care fee, the government promote the vape to reduce the harm of cigarette. And this action is effective obviously.
This action is persuasive enough to crash down the rumors that vape is more harmful than cigarettes. It’s time for other governments who profit from cigarette to learn from the UK and make people vape up instead of smoking.