October 9, 2017
British Psychological Society (BPS)
E-cigarettes should be promoted as a method of stopping smoking according to a new report.
E-cigarettes should be promoted as a method of stopping smoking is the key message from the British Psychological Society report 'Changing behaviour: Electronic cigarettes' published this week. The new behaviour change briefing aims to provide guidance and education to those involved with smoking cessation.
The report also makes the following recommendations:
- Improve education about the relative harms of smoking, nicotine and e-cigarettes.
- Combine existing best practice, NHS Stop Smoking Services (SSS) with the most popular quitting method (e-cigarettes) to increase attractiveness of the SSS and further boost success rate. Offer e-cigarettes and technical support as part of the SSS and fund the services to support smokers to quit.
- Use policy interventions and fiscal measures to raise the cost of smoking and reduce the cost of e-cigarettes. Continue to increase taxes, smoke-free regulation and purchasing barriers for cigarettes but regulate the reduced risk product less heavily. For e-cigarettes, avoid taxation and 'vape-free' legislation and promote unrestricted advertising of factual information.
- Regulate to promote product development -- allow e-cigarettes to further evolve and improve so they are safer, more appealing and satisfying for more smokers.
- Invest in research to continue to explore the effects of e-cigarettes on smoking cessation and to determine which factors promote a successful transition.
These briefings are aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the ways in which psychology can contribute towards achieving behaviour change and inform interventions.
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