The recent report from the Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA), has stated that ‘people who use e-cigarettes to quit smoking are twice as more likely to be successful’. The report that was featured on RTE and TV3 outlined the findings of this report and shows that e-cigarettes can help people QUIT smoking.
It is interesting to see RTE reporting that every year the HSE pays out an estimated 40 million euro in providing aid for smokers trying to quit. This includes the provision of support and the payment of GP visits for medical card holders. According to Dr. Maírín Ryan of HIQA, “the most cost effective intervention is a combination of two medicines: nicotine replacement therapy and then a medicine called Varenicline”.
Below is the full RTE report. The VIP store in Stephen’s Green is featured roughly one minute into the video:
TV3 also add that although the number of people who smoke has been declining in recent years, it still stands at 23%. 29% of these smokers are trying to quit by using e-cigarettes. A company called Ash Ireland, which was established 25 years ago, claim that while e-cigarettes do have a role to play in helping people to quit smoking, evidence is not as strong as that presented for Nicotine replacement products. However, HIQA states that the most effective way to curb smoking is a combination of Varenicline and Nicontine replacement therapy.
Joe Dunne is speaking on behalf of VIP on TV3 (you can catch him one minute into the video):
In addition to these reports, the recent findings by Public Health England highlights that e-cigarettes are at least 95% less harmful than smoking. The authority claim that smoking rates have fallen to the lowest ever on record and this is partly due to the availability of vaping products and e-cigarettes.
Overall the HIQA report is very welcomed by the Vaping community. We here at VIP also welcome the findings and hope that e-cigarettes can be used by smokers to help them QUIT and that the relevant health bodies can now look at e-cigarettes as a vital tool in this quest.