October 26, 2020
Greater access to vape products would be the most effective tool in helping cut smoking rates, according to a poll of 1,000 smokers and former smokers conducted by Vape Club to mark World Mental Health Day.
According to the research, 45 percent of those questioned said access to vaping products would be helpful for smokers wanting to leave tobacco behind, greater than any other measure outlined.
Thirty-two percent of those polled stated that funding for smoking cessation tools would further encourage smoking cessation. Slightly more (39.1 percent), said allowing vaping in the workplace would help. This was echoed by current smokers, of which 34.4 percent believe they would have a better chance of quitting if this was a workplace policy.
Meanwhile, 43.9 percent of those surveyed stated that their mental health had improved since quitting. More current smokers are likely to quit to improve their mental health (26.6 percent) than were quitting due to fears related to COVID-19 (16.2 percent).
Two thirds of current smokers who took part in the survey also stated that smoking was having a negative effect on their mental health, citing the financial pressures caused by smoking and the impact on physical health among the causes.
Responding to the results, Vape Club said: “Here at Vape Club we believe mental health is very important, while also being huge anti-smoking advocates. Throughout the Quitting Smoking for Mental Health study, the trend of smoking tobacco and its impact on mental health has evidently had a distinct negative effect in all manner of ways. This is why we advocate for the use of vaping when trying to quit smoking, as it is twice as effective in quitting when compared to other forms of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapies) such as patches or gum.”