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E-cigarettes help up to 22 000 smokers in England quit each year

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1243 (Published 01 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1243
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Electronic cigarettes helped between 16 000 and 22 000 more people quit smoking in England in 2014, researchers said in the journal Addiction.1

The researchers, from University College London, tracked the use of e-cigarettes from 2011 using monthly household surveys. Each month involved a new representative sample of 1800 respondents, 450 of whom were smokers. They estimated that at the start of 2014 there were approximately 8.46 million adult smokers in England, 19% of the adult population.

The percentage of smokers in 2014 who reported that they had tried to …

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