Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), the public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco, yesterday (September 24th 2019) released an updated factsheet on the use of vaping products in Great Britain. These updates have become a yearly event, with the data used taken from their annual Smokefree GB study.
Always a treasure trove of useful insights into the behaviour of vapers in the UK, this year’s study did not disappoint. Whilst the increase in vapers nationally to 3.6 million is grabbing most of the headlines, the key figure to celebrate is the decline in so called ‘dual users’.
Dual users is a term used to refer to those who both smoke and vape. Any reduction in cigarettes consumed is likely to be positive for someone’s health, it is important to remember that every cigarette causes harm. Quitting tobacco usage completely gives smokers the best chance of staying smoke-free. It is therefore encouraging to see a reduction in the number of dual users from 44.2% of vapers in 2018 to 39.8% in 2019, a record low.
Whilst there is still significant work to do to reduce this number further, this drop does suggest that vaping products are improving in effectiveness, amongst other developments. At Cuts Ice, we are constantly looking to iterate on our e-liquids to ensure they give smokers the best chance possible of switching entirely to vaping. Our development processes are overseen by our experienced team of scientists and vapers who have switched from tobacco themselves.
ASH took the timely release of this information as an opportunity to reiterate their comments on the current headlines coming from the USA. Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive said: “The outbreak of vaping illness in the US is obviously concerning, but it appears to be linked to the misuse of e-cigarettes for illicit drug delivery. Nothing like this has been seen in the UK to date, where a proper regulatory system is in place for nicotine containing e-cigarettes, which is not yet the case in the US. Vapers should not be scared back to smoking by the news of vaping illness in the US. Nor should smokers stick to smoking rather than switch to vaping.”
You can see the full updated factsheet here.