A new study commissioned by ASH



A new study commissioned by ASH shows that e cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking tobacco.

The e-cigarette community has been stating for a while that e-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking, but are in fact a gateway out of smoking. Science has now proven the e-cigarette community to be correct, and that e-cigarettes are not the gateway to smoking many feared.

The online version of the Daily Mail has dedicated an entire page to the positive findings of a study by YouGov, commissioned by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) to look at electronic cigarette usage in the UK.

The study found that users of e-cigarettes in the UK have trebled in the past 2 years, from 700,000 in 2012, to 2 million in 2014, with the number of non-smokers using e-cigarettes considered ‘negligible’.

The study found that more than half of ex smokers questioned had tried e-cigarettes, 51.7%, compared to only 8% of ex smokers that were asked in 2010. Over a third of British adults believe that electronic cigarettes are good for public health.

The study also looked at the type of devices that vapers are using and found 47% use re chargeable e-cigs with refillable cartridges, 41% prefer rechargeable e-cigarettes with tanks, and only 8% use disposable e-cigarettes.

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH said, 'While it is important to control the advertising of electronic cigarettes to make sure children and non-smokers are not being targeted, there is no evidence from our research that e-cigarettes are acting as a gateway into smoking.'

A separate survey called The Smoking Toolkit Study, carried out in England, found that e-cigarette sales were overtaking those of nicotine replacement products such as patches and gums.

Mark Norman
28 March 2015  |  19:30

About time that authorities stopped slagging E-Cigs and maybe gave a bit of support...... Just a suggestion!

Tony Neesham
09 June 2015  |  14:02

I agree Mark there's too much bad press regarding vaping by people who are ignorant about it or do not understand that the majority of vapers are now ex smokers. I am one of those who has felt the benefit of vaping

Paul Illidge
31 July 2015  |  15:15

Its a shame that Southern Rail have not read this study, perhaps their new policy of prohibiting vaping on platforms, and condemning vapers to rejoining the area set aside for
tobacco smokers may have been rethought, especially as they claim to be doing it in the name of "public health"

Debra Ellis
07 January 2016  |  15:36

At last some common sense! As an ex smoker I'm now down to 6mg nicotine liquids and proud of it. Time vaping got the credit it deserves instead of condemnation

10 January 2016  |  20:27

For the most part it's down to ignorance. I have been vaping for just 6 months. The benefits I have felt for not having smoked a regular cigarette in those 6 months is amazing. I wasn't even looking to give up smoking really. I just met somebody who was a vaper and he showed me just how great vaping is. I haven't looked back and am down to 3mg nicotine liquids. I don't think we should be forced outside with smokers. After all for kost vapers getting away from I smokings ill effects is what we have moved on to vaping for. It needs to be supported much more than it is

James Deakin
07 May 2016  |  19:48

very good 10 out off 10 thank you

Miss Cook
21 July 2016  |  0:22

Haven't smoked a cigarette in almost two years. Thanks to vaping and almost saved 2000