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December 2018

Vapers less likely to relapse to smoking

Smokers who switch to vaping don’t lapse for long, according to new research from the University of East Anglia.

While vapers may occasionally have the odd smoking lapse, they don’t see it as ‘game over’ for their quit attempt. The findings, published in Drug and Alcohol Review, suggest that vaping encourages not just smoking cessation, but long-term relapse prevention.

Lead researcher Dr Caitlin Notley, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said: ‘In the past a brief smoking lapse would almost always lead to a full relapse, and people would usually feel like a failure for slipping up. The difference is that, for some vapers, the odd cigarette didn’t lead to a full relapse back into smoking.The old “not a puff” advice may need revisiting.’