Half of All UK Vapers Have Ditched the Death Sticks

By Tom Pritchard on at

Regardless of how you feel about e-cigarettes, and the people that use them, it seems like they're doing a decent job of helping people quit smoking. A new study claims that half of all UK vapers are former smokers who have managed to completely ditch the cancer sticks.

There are 2.9 million vapers in the UK, with 1.5 million of them have managed to ditch their cigarettes completely. The other 1.3 million are clearly still working on weaning themselves off tobacco. Those numbers are encouraging, though nine million people still inhale wafts of cancer gas on a regular basis. The main reason they gave to adopting the e-cigs was to get themselves off the fags, and those who still smoke claim to vape because they want to reduce their overall tobacco consumption.

Deborah Arnott, the campaigning health charity's chief executive, said the figures were "excellent news" but e-cigarette adoption has peaked. This is blamed on misconceptions that vaping is just as bad for you as smoking, with research suggesting that 26% of people think this way. That's compared to 13% of people who believe it's a lot less harmful.

Critics still maintain that vaping can be a gateway into smoking the bad stuff, with reports that non-smokers are starting to vape. Probably because they think it's cool or something.

But for now it's looking up. As much as people might dislike walking through a strawberry-scented mist as they walk down the street, it's better than a cloud of second-hand smoke. [BBC]