This is the seventh report by Phe to summarize the evidence of e-cigarette use, covering the characteristics of e-cigarette use among young people and adults in the UK, as well as the update of evidence on quitting smoking through e-cigarette. According to the report, smoking is still the single biggest risk factor for death and health. Alternative nicotine devices, such as nicotine containing e-cigarettes, play a key role in reducing the huge health burden caused by smoking. Smokers are encouraged to use e-cigarettes to quit smoking.
The UK plans to launch a new tobacco control plan in July 2021 to achieve the 2030 tobacco free target
The UK government has committed to review the tobacco and related products regulation (trpr) issued in 2016 before May 20, 2021 to assess whether it meets the target. Meanwhile, nicotine free e-cigarette products and other non tobacco nicotine products, such as nicotine bags, will be included in the scope of this review. On the prohibition of the sale of e-cigarette products to people under the age of 18 and the prohibition of e-cigarette products to people under the age of 18 A five-year report on the purchase of e-cigarettes will be released soon. From May 20, 2016 (trpr effective) to January 5, 2021, the British drug and health products authority (MHRA) received 231 reports, of which 618 adverse reactions were considered to be related to nicotine containing e-cigarette products. Phe said that the report could not prove that these reactions were caused by the use of e-cigarette. At the same time, a safety review by the Committee on food, consumer goods and environmental toxicity (COT) concluded that the adverse health effects of e-cigarettes are much lower than cigarettes. The UK 2030 smoke-free target, the development of a new tobacco control plan and the review of trpr provide an opportunity to develop all e-cigarette related regulations to ensure that they are appropriate to help smokers quit smoking while managing the risk of non-smokers’ intake.
The smoking rate of adults in the UK continues to decline, and more than half of e-cigarette users indicate that their purpose is to quit smoking
The report shows that the smoking rate of adults in the UK continues to drop to 13.8% – 16%. At present, the utilization rate of e-cigarettes among smokers is 17.5% to 20.1%, that among former smokers is about 11%, and that among never smokers is 0.3% to 0.6%, indicating that most e-cigarette users are smokers. Meanwhile, according to the STS survey, the proportion of adults who smoke while using e-cigarettes dropped from 92% in 2012 to 51%. From 2013 to 2020, the proportion of former smokers who use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help quit smoking is gradually decreasing, and the proportion of e-cigarettes is increasing. In terms of using time, the proportion of long-term users of e-cigarettes (using for more than three years) increased from 23.7% in 2018 to 39.2% in 2020; in terms of using reasons, 60.3% of adults said that they were trying to quit smoking or reduce the use of cigarettes.
The use of e-cigarettes is the most commonly used auxiliary means for smokers to quit smoking
According to the report, in 2020, 27.2% of people will use e-cigarettes to try to quit smoking in the past 12 months, 15.5% will use NRT or other therapies, and 4.4% will use smoking cessation drugs. In 2017, more than 50000 smokers successfully quit using e-cigarettes. Compared with licensed drugs, the widespread use of e-cigarettes in smoking cessation attempts indicates that they can reach more smokers and therefore have a greater impact than NRT and smoking cessation drugs. According to the United Kingdom smoking cessation service (SSS), in every region of the United Kingdom, the rate of quitting using e-cigarettes is higher than that of using any other method, ranging from 49% in the southwest to 78% in Yorkshire and Humber. At the same time, three systematic surveys showed that e-cigarettes containing nicotine were significantly more effective than NRT therapy. This finding was also supported by two non randomized studies, which claimed that people who used e-cigarettes in smoking cessation service centers had a higher smoking cessation rate than those who received alternative therapy.
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