Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Data from England Suggest that Electronic Cigarettes are Helping to Accelerate Smoking Cessation, Not Hinder It
In contrast to the claims of many anti-smoking advocates, led by Stan Glantz, new evidence from England suggests that electronic cigarettes are helping to accelerate smoking cessation, rather than hinder it.

(See: West R, Brown J, Beard E. Trends in electronic cigarette use in England. Smoking Toolkit Study. London: University College London, April 4, 2014.)

According to this study, the prevalence of electronic cigarette use in England was very low in 2011, but it took off in 2012 and has continued to climb steadily through the first quarter of 2014. The key finding from the study is that the annual rate of smoking cessation (that is, the percentage of current smokers who quit smoking during the past year), which had reached a low of 4.6% in 2011, increased markedly to 6.2% in 2012, 6.1% in 2013, and 8.7% for the first quarter of 2014, concomitant with the dramatic rise in electronic cigarette use among these smokers.



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