ASH response to British Psychological Society endorsement of electronic cigarettes



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The British Psychological Society (BPS) has today urged wider promotion of electronic cigarettes as a method of stopping smoking.

In response to this announcement, Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at public health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), said:

“We welcome this report setting out the role e-cigarettes can play in reducing the harm from smoking. Many smokers have found e-cigarettes helpful in quitting but confusion persists among some about the relative safety of vaping compared to smoking. 2.9 million adults in England currently use electronic cigarettes, over half have already quit smoking and many of the rest are actively seeking to do so.” [1]

Hazel Cheeseman continued:

“Evidence shows that the most effective way to quit smoking is through a combination of professional face to face support and stop smoking aids. What health professionals tell smokers about e-cigarettes is important to ensure that smokers have an accurate view of what switching to vaping might mean. It is hoped that if smokers are better informed this will help more to successfully quit tobacco for good.”

[1] ASH factsheet: Use of e-cigarettes among adults in Great Britain 2017. http://ash.org.uk/download/use-of-e-cigarettes-among-adults-in-great-britain-2017/

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Notes and Links:

Action on Smoking and Health is a health charity working to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco use. For more information see: www.ash.org.uk/about-ash

ASH receives funding for its programme of work from Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

ASH staff are available for interview and have an ISDN line. For more information contact ASH on 020 7404 0242 or out of hours Deborah Arnott on 07976 935 987 or Hazel Cheeseman on 07754 358 593.