09 October 2017
This is the key message from a new BPS behaviour change report.
‘Changing behaviour: Electronic cigarettes’ published this week is a new briefing that aims to provide guidance and education to those involved with smoking cessation.
The report also makes the following recommendations:
Dr Lynne Dawkins, Associate Professor at London South Bank University and co-author of the report said:
“For smokers trying to quit, e-cigarettes are more attractive than traditional smoking cessation methods, such as nicotine replacement therapy, and at least as effective.
There is also mounting evidence that they are much safer than tobacco smoking. As a consumer product, although most Stop Smoking Services are not currently able to supply these, we recommend that they endorse them and support their use by smokers trying to quit."
You can read our interview with Dr Lynne Dawkins in The Psychologist on why it's so hard to quit smoking and listen to our audio interview.
These briefings are aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the ways in which psychology can contribute towards achieving behaviour change and inform interventions.
Visit our Policy, Research and Guidelines pages for more information.