“There are now more ex-smokers in Britain than current smokers.”

Lovely article to read in the International Business Times today, with vaping making a pretty obvious push to reduce smoking. Interesting read, I’ve added emphasis to the snippet below.

Figures from anti-smoking charity ASH show that about 22% of men and 19% of women in the UK are current smokers, compared to 27% of men and 22% of women who have quit.

The writing has been on the wall for a long time. In 1974, more than 50% of adult males in the UK smoked tobacco. The figure has more than halved in 40 years.

In the US, smoking rates dropped by half between 1965 and 2006. Rates are higher in continental Europe, but the pattern is still edging towards overall decline.

Of the aforementioned ex-smokers in Britain, 17.7% are using electronic cigarettes, a figure which has risen from 2.7% in 2010. Of that figure, 71% are using e-cigarettes to help quit smoking altogether, with 48% using them to “keep them off tobacco”. International Business times

Read the full article in The International Business Times

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