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Kicking the habit: Smokers think vaping is just as bad

A QUARTER of smokers would not try vaping — with many believing it is just as bad for you as cigarettes.

Tobacco users are ‘suspicious’ of e-cigarettes and have no desire to give vaping a go despite the obvious health benefits, new research has revealed.

Commissioned by Yorkshire Cancer Research, the survey of 844 smokers and 1,156 ex-smokers found the typical smoker has been puffing away for 22 years and gets through 12 cigarettes a day.

It revealed two thirds of people have attempted to kick the habit at one time or another, four times on average, but to date they haven’t managed to stop for good.

Stress, peer pressure and a lack of support were identified as the biggest reasons why they haven’t been successful.

Chief executive Dr Kathryn Scott said: ‘Vaping is a great tool to help people quit and it’s 95 per cent less harmful than cigarettes.

‘But everyone is different, so the best way to help you give up is to get support from a local stop smoking service.

The research also found one in 10 ex-smokers managed to give cigarettes the heave-ho by taking up vaping instead , saving £337.80 a year on average.

But 44 per cent believe quitting by going cold turkey is the best method.

Surprisingly the number one reason those polled want to quit is not health reasons (30 per cent) but a lack of money (43 per cent).

Other motivators include pressure from family or friends (23 per cent), becoming a parent or grandparent (20 per cent) and the death of a family member or close friend from smoking (16 per cent).

Thirty-nine per cent of smokers polled have stuck with the habit because they claim it relaxes them, 12 per cent carry on because ‘it breaks up the day’ and 11 per cent continue to puff away because their friends do.