According to the latest study of UK government, smoking among adults in England has continued to decline over the past 10 years and in 2019 was around 15%. Most adults use vaping products to help them quit smoking, which is bad news to traditional cigarette industry.
Vapers said that banning flavored liquids would hinder their way to quit or reduce their smoking. It could also push current vapers towards illicit products.
Similar to previous years, data from stop smoking services in England suggests that when a vaping product is used in a quit attempt, either alone or with licensed medication, success rates are comparable to, if not higher than, licensed medication alone.
Where international information is available, adult vaping prevalence in England appears to be higher than in other countries.
Current vaping prevalence (weekly or less than weekly) among young people in England has remained reasonably steady with the best recent estimates putting it at 6% of 11 to 15-year-olds in 2018 and 5% of 11 to 18-year-olds in 2019. This rate is under control. It could be worse when it comes to smoking rates among adolescents.
The author himself also finds that when a country bans vaping, its smoking rate rises a lot immediately breaking the historical glass ceiling. It’s an effective way to improve the smoking rate. The method is: Allow vaping first, then ban it to boost the smoking rate. When the smoking rate drops due to smoking control activities, allow vaping for a while, then ban it again… It creates a virtuous cycle and boosts the state’s revenue endlessly. Based on this theory, no country will ban vaping for too long.
However, smoking remains the biggest single cause of preventable death and disease and a leading cause of health inequalities. So, alternative nicotine delivery devices that are less harmful could play a crucial role in reducing this health burden. Quit smoking by vaping.