2019 Research And Analysis: E Cig Can Improving Health In England

2019 Research And Analysis: E Cig Can Improving Health In England


Summarize evidence to support UK e-cigarette policy and regulation. E-cigarettes or e-cigarettes system can play an important role in improving public health.


There has been a steady increase in experimentation on e-commerce in the UK in recent years. However, regular use remains low, with 1.7percent of 11 to 18-year-olds in the UK reporting using it at least once a week in 2018 (0.4percent of 11-year-olds and 2.6percent of 18-year-olds). E-cigarettes using is still associated with smoking. The percentage of young people who have never smoked using at least one e-cigarette per week remains low (just 0.2percent among 11 - to 18-year-olds in 2018). The percentage of non-smokers who have tried e-cigarettes is rising. Without e-cigarettes, it's unclear to what extent these young people would attempt to smoke.

Policy changes

The background to the report is that smoking remains the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death and one of the biggest causes of health inequality. As a result, the national institute for health and care excellence (NICE) has published guidelines for health and social care workers on how to conduct informed discussions on e-cigarettes. The Commons science and technology committee has published a report on the European Community, which includes recommendations on harm reduction, smoking cessation, the community's mental health environment, and regulation.


The advertising commission (CAP) and the broadcasting commission (BCAP) announced that they would lift the European commission's blanket ban on making health claims in non-broadcast advertising.

NHS England's long-term plan proposes a new universal smoking cessation service for long-term users of professional mental health and learning disability services. This would include the option for smokers to switch to e-cigarettes while in hospital.

Quit practitioners and health professionals should provide behavioral support to smokers who wish to use e-cigarettes to assist them in quitting. Quit-smoking practitioners and health professionals who support smokers in quitting should receive education and training on the use of e-cigarettes in smoking cessation attempts. The national smoking cessation and training center (NCSCT) provides online training.

The report was co-authored by four experts from the UK's top universities, King's College London and the University of Edinburgh.

Reference material: Vaping in England: an evidence update February 2019

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