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Poll shows 'two thirds' of e-cig users quit smoking in Wales

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A poll of smokers and vapers in Wales shows that 65% of e-cigarette users have managed to quits smoking and a third 63% say they’re using them as an aid to stop smoking tobacco, according to the British Heart Foundation.

The survey comes as thousands of smokers make a quit attempt this No Smoking Day.

The poll also highlighted that 70% of all e-cigarette users would like more research to be done into the potential risks of using e-cigarettes and over a quarter said they are confused about the health messages around them.

The Welsh Government is currently considering a ban on the restriction of e-cigarettes in some public places arguing they have the potential to 'renormalise' smoking.

Read more: Ban on e-cigarettes could take step closer in becoming law

Although vaping is much less harmful than smoking cigarettes, there is no doubt that more research is needed into the potential long term effects of the use of e-cigarettes.

This unique study shines a light on just how popular vaping has become as an aid for smokers in Wales trying to quit and we need to listen to what is helping people the most on their path to a smoke free life.

We’re asking smokers in Wales to use today to take the first step towards a smoke-free life and join more than 600,000 others who will also be making a quit attempt on the day.

– Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at British Heart Foundation