The Smoking Toolkit Study, a periodic study of smoking cessation trends in England, released the last figures on February 9, 2016.
The survey shows for 2016:
- an overall decrease of cigarette smoking prevalence down to 17%,
- the rate of decrease in smoking prevalence is high (+1.7%),
- stop smoking in the last 12 months has been rising since 2011 and reaches 7.5%,
- stop smoking attempts in past year reaches 32%,
- success rate for stopping (successful try) is at its highest level (23%).
UK data refute argument that e-cigarettes are useless for smoking cessation
The analysis of these figures by M. Siegel points out the most striking finding of this study: the success rate for smokers who tried to quit in the past year has increased from below 14% in 2011 to 23% in 2016. The main hypothesis under this trend is, according to the expert, a shift in methods used for quitting from nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to e-cigarettes.
A negative slope of GP-triggered quit attempts since 2011 may indicate that most quitters try on their own, without the help of practicians, using commercial e-cigarettes.
One can expect that this latter trend reverses in the coming months, if GPs can effectively provide e-cigarettes under prescription to their patients. Up to now, the legal frame is set up but the licensed e-cigarette is still not available.