To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of e-cigarettes in helping adult smokers switch to less harmful alternatives; and if his Department will promote campaigns to encourage long-term smokers to switch to vaping.
19 April 2021
The Department encourages all smokers to quit or move to less harmful products, such as e-cigarettes, if they are unable to quit. In England, an estimated 2.5 million people use e-cigarettes, the majority of whom no longer smoke. In addition, around 50,000 people a year quit smoking through switching to e-cigarettes, who would not have quit through other means.
The Better Health mass media smoking cessation campaign, delivered by Public Health England and as part of a package of tobacco control measures, has been effective at helping challenge misinformation surrounding e-cigarettes. Alongside this, local stop smoking services advise smokers of the benefits of switching to less harmful products, with some offering free vaping starter kits.