“Nearly 20% of those who quit in first half of 2017 have been successful, with e-cigarettes becoming most popular method of quitting.” say UCL researchers.
The UK is quitting smoking. Can quit smoking success in Britain inspire the US and the rest of the world to follow their lead?
Record High Quit Smoking Success in Britain
Figures reveal that quit smoking success rates in the UK have hit a record high along with the rise of prominence for vaping devices.
An all-time low smoking rate in the UK gives a huge boost to public health figures in the country, one of the world’s early adopters and advocates for using vaping as a means to quit smoking.
Based on research from around the world, it’s not shocking that the UK is reaping the rewards of adopting vape-friendly legislation.
The Power Of Vaping as a Cessation Aid
A report from University College London showed nearly 20% of smokers attempting to quit in the first half of 2017 managed to kick the habit.
UCL researchers defined successful quitting as not having smoked in the previous 12 months.
What an astonishing figure!
To put this in perspective, the average figure over the past decade has been 15.7%. Clearly, a five percent increase is statistically significant, and it’s no surprise given the UK’s policies towards vaping advocacy.
Low-Income Citizens Benefit Greatly
The quit smoking success increase has been driven by a sharp incline among the lower socio-economic demographic. Success rates among low-income citizens have historically been low. However, for the first time, smokers with manual jobs have the same access to cessation aids as those in white collar jobs.
Vaping has become the most popular method of quitting nationwide. Unsurprisingly, the feel and experience of smoking a cigarette is closely mimicked by many vaping devices, seen as a far more attractive method of habit formation for most ex-smokers.
Rather than putting on a nicotine patch, the usage of vaping devices combined with local stop smoking services are proving to be the most effective way to quit smoking.
Advocating For Results
The news comes as Public Health England (PHE) prepare to launch new TV advertisements looking to encourage people to try vaping if they are struggling to quit traditional smoking.
The UCL report gives a number of facts explaining why people are enjoying success in quitting smoking.
The added legislation on smoking in public places discourages the use of cigarettes. Banning the use of attractive brand imagery on tobacco packaging has seen significant decreases in sales, Moreover, the development of a strong anti-smoking culture in England is adding to the success rates for those trying to quit.
Stop-smoking campaigns such as Stoptober, which runs through October, have become increasingly effective. Last year more than half (53%) of all those taking part in Stoptober used vaping as a quitting aid.
Isn’t it amazing what public awareness can do?
Vaping Ads allowed on Television
This year, TV ads with stop-smoking campaigns will promote vaporizers as an alternative to smoking. This radical approach will encourage smokers keen to try vaping in order to help them quit the stinkies.
Prof. Gina Radford, the deputy chief medical officer, said: “The battle against smoking is far from over – it is still the country’s biggest killer, causing 79,000 deaths a year. And for every death, another 20 smokers are suffering from a smoking-related disease.”
“Far too many people are still dying as a result of smoking but there has never been a better time to quit – the culture has changed, strong legislation is in place and effective support is available.”
What do you think about ad campaigns such as Stoptober that promote the use of vaping? What are some ways other countries can emulate quit smoking success rates in the UK? Who’s in for a worldwide Stoptober campaign in 2018?
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