Quitting smoking is the single most preventable cause of death – and new research from ASH suggests one of the best ways to beat your cigarette addiction is to switch to vaping.
Health officials claim e-cigarettes are “95% less harmful than smoking” and nearly 3million people in the UK puff on vapes instead.
ASH’s annual survey revealed that, for the first time, more than half of 2.9million e-cig users have since given up smoking.
20 minutes after you quit – The effects of quitting start to set in immediately. Within 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate will begin to drop back toward a normal level.
Ann McNeill, professor of tobacco addiction at King’s College London, said: “This year’s ASH survey finds that around 1.5million vapers are ex-smokers, for the first time a larger number than those who continue to smoke.
“This is encouraging news as we know that vapers who continue to smoke continue to be exposed to cancer-causing substances.
“The message for the 1.3million vapers who still smoke is that they need to go further and switch completely.”
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Vapers said switching to e-cigs helped them to give up tobacco completely and was more purse-friendly than shelling out cash for cigarettes.
“Vaping is much, much less harmful than smoking”
Deborah Arnott, ASH chief executive
But ASH chief executive Deborah Arnott pointed out that there’s still 9million active smokers in the country.
She said: “The rapid growth in e-cigarette use has come to an end while over a third of smokers have still never tried e-cigarettes, saying the main reasons are concerns about the safety and addictiveness of e-cigarettes.
“It’s very important smokers realise that vaping is much, much less harmful than smoking.”
A worrying study from scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm claimed that just 10 puffs on an e-fag can increase your risk of heart disease.
Researchers found that vaping can raise blood pressure and promote the arteries to harden – just like regular cigarettes.