Youth smoking fell three times faster since the emergence of vaping, a new study has confirmed.
The long-term decline in youth and young adults who have a habit of deadly cigarette is accelerated in the United States since e-cigarettes have become popular in 2014, according to a study published in the journal Tobacco Control.
Entitled “Examination of the relationship vaping smoking initiation among young Americans and young adults: a reality check,” the study was conducted by experts of public health professors David Levy, Ken Warner and Australian Ron Borland.
The research, which used data publicly available to study trends, revealed: “There was a substantial increase in youth prevalence starting in about 2014. Trend analyzes vaping time showed that the decline in the past smoking prevalence of 30 days accelerated by two to four times after 2014.
“Smoking rates of more established indicators, including the proportion of daily smokers among smokers last 30 days also fell faster than vaping has become more widespread. ”
Smoking among young people in the UK has also followed a similar trend with the National Statistics Office showing the number of smokers aged 18 to 24 has dropped dramatically in the same period of time.
He also revealed most people gave common reason for vaping was as an aid to stop smoking, with almost half (48.8%) of vapers saying it why they used electronic cigarettes. The fact that they are less harmful than cigarettes, supported by Public Health England report this year that e-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than smoking, was the second most common reason for vaping to 29, 2%.
In addition to helping to reduce smoking rates, vaping has also been found to prevent smokers to have a long-term relapse – even if they try a cigarette in a momentary setback.
The findings, funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the medical journal of drugs and alcohol, to show consideration vaping actively encouraged not to smoke just stop, but the prevention of long-term relapse.
Lead researcher Dr Caitlin Notley University School of Medicine Norwich East Anglia, who led the research, said: “E-cigarettes are becoming a popular help to quit smoking in the UK Our previous research have shown that e-cigarettes are really important to. help people stay smoke – replacing the physical, psychological and social smoking.
“We wanted to know what happens when people who switched to vaping, lapse back to smoking.
“It’s really important to understand this so that we can develop advice, guidance and support to help people stay long term smoke – especially in relapsing to smoking cigarettes is so dangerous. ”
Dr. Notley added: “In the past – a time brief smoking would almost always lead to a full relapse, and people usually feel like a failure to make mistakes, but this was before people started to switch to vaping. .
“The difference is that for some vapers, the odd cigarette was considered” authorized “. For others, unintentional smoking made them even more determined to maintain abstinence in the future.
“Anyway, it does not necessarily lead to a full return of smoking relapse.
“Because vaping is a more pleasant alternative, our research found that a full smoking relapse is not inevitable when people are left with the odd cigarette. “