World News – GB – False e-cigarette health fears linked to sharp drop in North East users


Health officials are concerned that smokers who seek to quit may’ vape ‘, which has been shown to be a very effective tool in quitting smoking

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Health officials are concerned that e-cigarette use in the Northeast has declined sharply over the past year

The annual survey of the anti-smoking group ASH carried out by YouGov found that in March 2020, 154,990 people were vaping in the region, up from 169,700 in 2019

Along with this report, a review by the Cochrane Collaboration, a respected international charitable research organization, found that using an e-cigarette was 70% more effective in helping smokers quit than the most common drug. commonly used at present, nicotine Replacement therapy

ASH says unfounded concerns about the relative safety of e-cigarettes are a likely cause for the decline – just 39% of smokers in Britain rightly believe vaping is less harmful than smoking in 2020

Deborah Arnott, CEO of ASH, said: « About a third of smokers have never even tried an electronic cigarette and less than 20% currently use one

« If many more smokers could be encouraged to try electronic cigarettes, the latest evidence indicates that many more could be successful in quitting smoking »

Ailsa Rutter OBE, director of the Northeastern Tobacco Bureau, Fresh, said: « Smoking kills one in two smokers in the long run, and hospitals in the Northeast report tens of thousands of smokers every year. hospitalizations due to smoking But vaping doesn’t smoke and we need to end the confusion around it

« Most people who vape do it for the purpose of quitting E-cigarettes are now the most popular aid in the country to quit smoking, and we must help anyone who uses them stay tobacco-free »

Meanwhile, Dr Ruth Sharrock, pulmonology consultant at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead said she sees patients in the clinic and on wards, who struggle with complications from heart disease every day. smoking

« Many have never tried using e-cigarettes, although there is growing evidence that it may be a more effective way to reduce the harm of tobacco for smokers who have failed with them. other methods to quit smoking, « she said

« I urge them to try to change and reassure them that the risks are greatly reduced compared to half of cigarette smokers dying from smoking-related illness »

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