Stoptober 2019 endorses vaping!
The ‘Stoptober’ stop smoking campaign was launched by Public Health England in 2012 and, since it started, over 1 million people have used Stoptober to help them quit.
Why is Stoptober so effective?
The premise behind the campaign is that you’re 5 times more likely to quit smoking for good if you don’t smoke for 28 days.
Stoptober offers support via an app, social media and daily emails, as well as free face-to-face advice from professionals via local Stop Smoking services.
For the 2019 campaign, smokers looking to quit are being advised to choose the support they need to help them "split up with smoking".
Government health officials have said smokers stand a much greater chance of succeeding giving up by using official NHS support or turning to e-cigarettes.
Research has shown only 4% of those who go "cold turkey" remain smoke-free after a year.
For the third year running this Stoptober, Public Health England is advocating the use of e-cigarettes to help quit smoking. In fact, they claim that people who choose the vaping route have some of the highest quitting success rates.
The NHS Smokefree website contains this quote regarding e-cigarette usage:
"An estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes and of these, 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking cigarettes. They carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes and can be particularly effective when combined with extra quitting support.”
The vaping stats
According to ASH (Action on Smoking and Health), electronic cigarettes have played a significant role in helping the UK have the second lowest smoking rates in the EU. This is their statement about the positive message that Stoptober is sending by including vaping in their campaign.
"With the help of Stoptober there has never been a better time to try to quit smoking. We know that smokers find e-cigarettes helpful in quitting so it’s great that Stoptober is encouraging their use...”
Independent research from Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians in 2015, concluded that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking. A more recent study from 2017, funded by Cancer Research UK, found long-term vaping to be 97% safer.
Despite this amazing news, negative press and misinformation about e-cigarettes has led to the public’s perception of vaping to be distorted from the true benefits. This is why it is so important that Public Health England is explicitly promoting vaping through the Stoptober campaign as a real solution to quitting smoking for good.
How does vaping help you quit smoking?
Some of the key benefits of vaping, compared to tobacco smoking are:
- Vaping offers the 'oral fixation' simulation to smoking along with the nicotine and throat hit found in smoking
- Vaping allows you to inhale nicotine without most of the harmful effects of smoking
- When you vape, nothing is burnt, there is no smoke.
- E-liquid contains only three components plus nicotine. The three components are Vegetable Glycerine, Propylene Glycol and flavourings, all of which are often found in food products
- Modern rechargeable e-cigarettes deliver nicotine more quickly and effectively than cigarettes
- E-cigarettes are tightly regulated for safety and quality by the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)
What about risks from nicotine?
While nicotine is the addictive substance in cigarettes, it is relatively harmless. Almost all of the harm from smoking comes from the thousands of chemicals contained in tobacco smoke, many of which are toxic. Nicotine replacement therapy has been widely used for many years to help people to stop smoking and is a safe form of treatment.
Is e-cigarette vapour harmful to others?
So far, there is no evidence that vaping causes harm to other people around you. The available evidence indicates that any risk of harm is extremely low, especially when compared with secondhand tobacco smoke.
Does it make children more likely to vape?
It is illegal to sell e-cigarette products to anyone under 18 or for adults to buy them on behalf of under 18s. Experimenting with e-cigarettes isn’t unheard of among young people; however, regular e-cigarette use is rare, with only 1% using them at least weekly. Vaping remains largely confined to regular smokers.
Vape UK backs Stoptober
Ultimately, all the evidence points to vaping being a massive help to people who want to quit smoking for good. For that reason, we at Vape UK are once again joining the Stoptober revolution to help people who want to quit smoking get their best shot at succeeding.
Quit smoking for good this Stoptober
The tagline for this year's campaign states, "Choose the support you need to help you through your break-up".
At Vape UK, as well as offering the highest quality products, we also pride ourselves on our expert knowledge and outstanding customer service. This means that we're on hand to provide the advice and support you need to help ensure you choose the right products, and have the best chance of success.
Stoptober 2019 vape starter kits
For this year's Stoptober campaign, we have selected three highly recommended starter kits to help you through your break up with smoking.
Starter vape kits are specially designed for mouth to lung (MtL) vaping which is the vaping style that most closely replicates smoking a cigarette. Most newcomers to vaping that are switching from smoking will start by MtL vaping as it feels the most natural way for smokers to inhale.
If none of these kits take your fancy, check out our recent guide to the best MtL vaping devices available today to see if there's a starter kit that's more suited to you.
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We're here to help you quit smoking for good
At Vape UK, we pride ourselves on being responsible vaping advocates. We keep up to date with all of the latest news and studies; we supply high quality TPD compliant vaping products; and we are always on hand to offer helpful and honest advice about vaping. Please get in touch if you have any question about vaping for our team.
- Nicola Webster