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Why not quit smoking this New Year 2020?

January is a great time for New Year resolutions - whether it’s about more money in your pocket, more ‘puff’ to playing with your grandchildren or a clean slate for a new you!

Quitting smoking is a great decision. Smoking kills around 220 people per day in England and using e-cigarettes is reported to be a lot less (95% less) harmful than smoking cigarettes. Using an e-cigarette that contains nicotine along with expert support doubles the chances that someone will quit smoking successfully.

But there have been recent concerns in the United States of a serious lung problem associated with e-cigarettes (also known as vaping). The good news is that investigators have established a clear link with products containing THC; the psychoactive component in cannabis and not with nicotine e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes are more tightly regulated in the UK and the main chemicals under suspicion in the US including THC are not permitted for use in e-cigarettes in the UK. Therefore, Public Health England experts have not changed their advice on the use of e-cigarettes: they say nicotine-based e-cigarettes are still far less harmful than smoking and recommend smokers make the switch to e-cigarettes.

So as you look ahead to 2020 to quit smoking, for more advice or for dedicated support to help quit smoking or switch to e-cigarettes visit Smoke Free Life Berkshire or visit the Slough Public Health website for tips and advice.

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