Washington Examiner Reports UK Smokers Switching to E Cigs Faster Than Anyone in Europe
What the US can learn from the UK about vaping and e cigs – Washington Examiner
British smokers are switching to e-cigarettes faster than anyone else in Europe, according to a report from Ernst & Young, one of the United Kingdom’s top accountancy firms.
The number of Brits vaping surged to 2.2 million in 2016, an increase of 55 percent in just three years, bringing the total portion of adults using e-cigarettes to 4.2 percent of the population.
The biggest motivation for consumers taking up vaping was the fact that e-cigarettes are a far safer alternative to regular tobacco cigarettes.
According to the report, the number of vapers who now classify themselves as ex-smokers rose 10 percent in a year to 850,000 and 470 people a day switched exclusively to e-cigarettes in the last two years.
In a further blow to anti-vaping diehards, the proportion of adults who use both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes dropped by 45 percent in three years and now stands at around 750,000, a third of the total number of people vaping. E-cigarette critics often claim vaping complements smoking and makes it harder to quit.