Vaping: Better Than Nicotine Replacement Therapy Says PHE

Vaping: Better Than Nicotine Replacement Therapy Says PHE

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2021

Huge news for the vaping industry. We are here to discuss the facts:

  • The details of Public Health England's annual vaping review
  • Nicorette vs Vaping - which is better?
  • The most effective nicotine replacement
  • E-cigarettes, what's the nicotine cigarette equivalent?
  • The future of vaping; your fears

Public Health England (PHE) have released their annual review on the health benefits of vaping. This review occurs annually and consists of data that has been collected throughout 2020 which relates to the tobacco industry. This research is conducted by leading tobacco experts and details an in-depth look into people quitting smoking.

Research carried out by King's College London concluded that:

  • E-cigarette products containing nicotine were the most popular (27.2%) at assisting smokers to stop smoking in England (2020)
  • In 2017 more than 50,000 smokers, who would otherwise have carried on smoking, were able to stop smoking by vaping.
  • In 2020 38% of smokers believed that vaping is as harmful and 15% thought vaping is more harmful than smoking. 
  • Some of the highest quit success rates (between 59.7%- 74%.), In local stop smoking services, came from using vaping products.

From this evidence, it is clear that e-cigarette use and vaping is better than any nicotine replacement products and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).

Is Nicorette Better Than Vaping?

Nicorette is essentially nicotine products (patches or gum) that were designed to give smokers their nicotine craving without having to pick up a cigarette or use tobacco.

Nicorette or other non-tobacco nicotine products are one of the most popular aids which people use to quit smoking. The most popular forms of these products are nicotine patches and nicotine gum, which became popular in the 90s.

Although these were revolutionary at the time, studies on these products show that without the delivery and sensation of deep inhalation, and the hand-to-mouth action, these products did very little to assist in long term smoking cessation.

So, although nicotine patches and other nicotine replacement products can assist and ultimately help people quit smoking, vaping is much more effective in aiding smokers quit long term.

What is the Most Effective Nicotine Replacement?

The report published by Public Health England, carried out by King's College London consistently found that vaping products containing nicotine were significantly more effective for helping people stop smoking in comparison to Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). This was supported by studies that reported higher smoking quit success rates among people who used a vaping product who attended a stop smoking service, compared to people who used NRT.

Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England, Profession John Newton stated:

"Smoking is still the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease,  killing almost 75,000 people in England in 2019. The best thing that a smoker can do is to stop smoking completely and the evidence shows that vaping is one of the most effective quit aids available, helping around 50,000 smokers quit a year."

"Thousands more could have quit except for unfounded safety fears about e-cigarettes. The evidence has been clear for some time that, while not risk-free vaping is far less harmful than smoking."

"For anyone who smokes, particularly those who have already tried other methods, we strongly recommend they try vaping and stop smoking – ideally with additional support from their local stop smoking service for the very best chance of quitting for good"

The evidence clearly suggests vaping is the best alternative, and have assisted hundreds of thousands of people that are trying to quit smoking, we want to help people gain the best possible success rates, discover ways you could succeed in quitting smoking and check out our starter kits.

How Much Nicotine in a Vape is Equivalent to a Cigarette?

The amount of nicotine in a cigarette is dependant on the particular brands of the cigarette, however, in the UK there is about 10 to 12 mg of nicotine per cigarette in tobacco products.

In a similar way, each e-liquid or e-juice contains different levels of nicotine from you to choose from. In the UK the most popular nicotine levels are 3mg, 6mg, 12mg and 18mg. This will be written on the side of the bottle by manufacturers, meaning you could get the same level of nicotine with less harmful side effects.

How Much Nicotine in a Vape is Equivalent to a Cigarette?

This makes it easy for people that quitting smoking to easily identify how much nicotine they are consuming and help smokers cut down on their nicotine intake.

Upon selecting a starter kit you can choose which e-liquid to use, check out our guides for advice on quitting smoking.These guides are committed to helping smokers, as many former smokers have stopped smoking through vaping.

How Many Cigarettes is 2mg of Nicotine?

Although each cigarette within the UK contains roughly from 10 - 12mg of nicotine, a large amount of this is burnt out so you won't inhale all of the nicotine it contains. It is likely that you'll actually inhale around 1.1 - 1.8mg of nicotine per cigarette.

Starter kits and other vaping products are aimed at adult smokers, and former smokers which still crave nicotine, however, there is also an abundance of vape juice and e-liquids that are completely nicotine free. Despite this, popular nicotine strengths, usually used in mouth to lung (MTL) and start vape kits, will use from 3mg - 20mg. This means if you are wanting to quit smoking, but still want that nicotine hit you'll know exactly how much you are getting and can choose how much nicotine you want.

The Future of Vaping

This study could be revolutionary for the e-cigarette industry as well as all of our public health, as many people are apprehensive about using vaping as a method to help you quit smoking.

It's important to bear in mind though, vaping is not recommended for non-smokers as there aren't necessarily health benefits for using cigarettes if you're not a former smoker, vaping is also not recommended if you have a chronic condition or are pregnant.

Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK's Chief Executive stated:

"Support from stop smoking services remain the most effective way to help people quit for good. Services can help people find the tool that works for them, e-cigarette or otherwise, and give them the best chance of reducing their risk from tobacco."

Share your vaping journey with us in the comments below.


This article is very informative and I feel like you are reading my mind

paulj marvin

I smoked for 40 years and had tried almost everything apart from hypnosis. Nothing worked as I think I had too much won’t power. Bought a vape kit for me and another for the wife for Christmas 4 years ago and neither of us has had another cigarette.

Also, the money saved must have been huge. Between us we smoked roughly 9 packs a week so thats over £100 per week. Vaping cost us less than £5 per week. so thats £95 a week or £4.9k per year. So over the 3 full years (after taking into account replacement batteries and tanks, etc that must be almost £15k we have not spent on the dreaded weed!


Derek Major

I have been smoking for around 30 years and whilst I did manage to quit for 6 years about 10 years ago, I stupidly went back to it and can’t seem to successfully kick the habit again. It’s like it de-stresses me and it’s like a crutch.

Desperately need to stop as diagnosed with cops a while back so although it’s constantly on my mind, I just can’t stop.

I will need to try vaping, always found it too strong but I suppose you have to persevere. Is a vape ok for cops suffers or is this not recommended?

Hazel Sheldon

In 2013 I orginally decided, at the age of 64, to try vaping instead of smoking 40 cigarettes a day, which I had been doing for 51 years, from the age of 13. I purchased a vaping cigarette style electronic device. Took my first e-cig and NEVER smoked a cigarette again. I use an e-cig Menthol flavour , which was my cigarette of choice since the early 1980’s.
This totally satified my hand to mouth addiction to cigarettes. It was Not my intention to give up smoking but to deminish the intake of carcinogenic material found in normal cigarettes, I still wanted to satify my nicotine needs. So 8 years on I still use my e-cigs but don’t have a smokers cough anymore , nor am I
breathless as I was when smoking cigarettes.
I am happy to continue vaping into the future.

Vanessa Griffin

I chain smoked for 30 years and tried to quit 30/40 times, I finally tried vaping two years ago and haven’t had a cigarette since, my health has framat

Dave Webb

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