Vaping Contributing to Eradication of Smokingadmin
Statistics published by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), in March 2017 show that only 17% of adults in the UK still smoke. The number has been steadily falling for over 30 years – in 1974, 51% of men and 41% of women smoked.
If the percentage of smokers continues to drop at similar rates to those seen over the past 30 years, then we could see, what amounts to, the total eradication of smoking by around 2037.
Of course, whether or not this constitutes the eradication in the course of a generation depends entirely on how the numbers are measured.
The signs, nevertheless are extremely positive for harm reduction in the UK and further afield, but as a recent report from the US highlights, this is not a time for complacency, rather a time to build on the positive momentum that has been gained.
The report praises the approach taken by the UK and acknowledges the success it has achieved.
So, while the UK is showing signs that eradicating tobacco smoking in a generation is a distinct possibility, others have more work to do if they are to join the party and sustain harm reduction through using positive and supportive approaches.