Despite all the efforts by Public Health England (PHE) to encourage smokers to switch to vaping in order to reduce harm, most UK smokers remain sceptical.
A 2019 study commissioned by Yorkshire Cancer Research, surveying 844 current smokers and 1,156 ex-smokers, had found that tobacco users are still “suspicious” of e-cigarettes with many saying that they would not try vaping. The research indicated that despite all the efforts by the PHE encouraging smokers to switch to the proven safer alternatives, only one in 10 ex-smokers quit via vaping.
Another study funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), had yielded similar results. The research by King’s College London was published in the journal Addiction, and had indicated that smokers and ex-smokers in the UK still consider vaporizers more harmful than they actually are.
The researchers of the CRUK study found that sadly, fewer than 6 out of 10 people, accurately believed that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes.
Diane Caruana – VapingPost – 2021-09-17.