Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new campaign to encourage smokers to quit in the new year, and the message is that vaping is considerably less harmful to your health than conventional cigarettes. The organisation’s Health Harms campaign includes a video that visually demonstrates the high levels of tar and cancer-causing chemicals that are inhaled by the average smoker every month, compared to a non-smoker or someone who only vapes. It’s a stark message and one that clearly shows the benefits of vaping over conventional cigarettes, if you are unable to go cold turkey when you quit. PHE also pointed out that, although vaping isn’t risk free, it’s estimated to be 95 per cent less harmful than smoking. Although 2.5 million people already use e-cigarettes in England, PHE is keen for more people to swap to vaping over conventional smoking. And one of the concerns the organisation has is that smokers don’t fully understand the health benefits of making the switch. A survey carried out by the body found [ Continue Reading… ]
Most people have high hopes for the New Year, and many of us will try to improve our lifestyle or break a bad habit once December 31st comes to an end. One of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions has to be quitting smoking, with thousands of Brits keen to kick their biggest vice once 2019 arrives. The introduction of e-cigarettes has certainly helped smokers in their quest, and their battle against their addiction could be aided even more. Find out how by reading on. Quitting isn’t easy According to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), giving up cigarettes is one of the most difficult resolutions to keep, and figures from 2016 showed that 60 per cent of those who gave up cigarettes for New Year had taken it up again by January 31st. Only 13 per cent were still smoke-free by the time 2017 rolled round. January presents an ideal time to give up smoking, what with many people feeling they have to go on a health [ Continue Reading… ]
If you’re keen to quit the cigs in 2019, you might want to start spending more time with people who make excellent use of vape tanks, as new research has just revealed that doing so could actually help you ditch the cigarettes for good. The University College London study, reported on by Metro, suggests that smokers who frequently spent time with vapers were approximately 20 per cent more likely to have tried recently to quit, feeling more motivated to turn their back on cigarettes. Lead author of the study Dr Sarah Jackson explained that it’s becoming far more common for smokers to have contact with vapers, although some concerns have come to the fore that this could “renormalise smoking in England”, having an impact on people’s motivation to quit. “Our results found no evidence that spending time with vapers discourages smokers from quitting, which should help to alleviate concerns about the wider public health impact of ecigarettes,” she went on to say. Tobacco control expert with Cancer Research UK Kruti [ Continue Reading… ]
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the first few weeks of quitting tobacco are the hardest. It’s a habit, and for many it’s a habit they’ve been maintaining for years, so to suddenly stop completely is a very big ask. “People will suffer from nicotine withdrawal symptoms as well as the psychological challenges of ending something that may have been a big part of their daily life”, says Brian Jones, a councillor at Quit, a national charity that helps people kick their tobacco habit for good.