- Survey data from the European Commission shows an even higher success rate for vaping product users. According to a 2020 Eurobarometer survey, with participants in all EU Member States plus the United Kingdom, one in three vapers told researchers that they had “stopped smoking tobacco completely”, three times the rate at which the NRT group from Hajek (2019) stopped smoking. This is a significant increase from the rate at which vapers told Eurobarometer they had stopped smoking three years earlier; in the 2017 Eurobarometer, 14% claimed to have stopped completely. This indicates that the development of vaping technologies is improving and getting better at helping smokers make better choices.
- The 2021 vaping evidence update from Public Health England looked specifically at the question of smokers switching. The report concludes that in just one year – 2017 – 50,000 people who would otherwise have continued to smoke switched completely to vaping. It goes on to note that
vaping products are “significantly more effective for helping people stop smoking than NRT”.
- Hajek et al (2019), A Randomized Trial of E-Cigarettes versus Nicotine-Replacement Therapy, New England Journal of Medicine 380:629-637 Link
- European Commission (2021) Attitudes of Europeans towards tobacco and electronic cigarettes Link
- Public Health England (2021); Vaping in England: 2021 evidence update Link
Smoking among young people keeps going down despite the rise of vaping products. If vaping leads to smoking, then where are all the extra smokers?