A poll of 2,000 smokers revealed a growing distrust in switching to vapes, which could hit plans to make smoking obsolete in the UK.
Nearly four in 10 (38 per cent), who lack trust, say it could stop them from attempting to quit their smoking habits through vaping in the future.
The government’s independent Kahn Review said vaping had a central role to play in a smoke free future across the country, with more than six and half million smokers still in the UK.
And evidence last year, by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), reconfirmed that vaping was at least 95 per cent less harmful than smoking.
But 29 per cent only trust vaping a little as a method to quit smoking, while 13 per cent do not trust it at all.
And of those whose trust is diminishing, 35 per cent cite the lack of independent long term clinical research showing vaping to be less harmful than smoking.
With 31 per cent concerned about the lack of any information available about the harm profile of different vape products.
Dr. Chenxing Pei, senior aerosol engineer at inhalation tech company SMOORE, which commissioned the research, said: “There’s a major push to get smokers to move to vape products, but as of now, they just do not have all the information they need to make an informed decision to switch.
“It’s vital smokers are confident enough to switch, especially since health minister Neil O’Brien said the government must ‘exploit the huge potential of vaping to help adult smokers to quit’.
“But reducing or quitting is incredibly difficult, it’s imperative to give them the belief that what they are attempting isn’t going to be a waste of time.
“And if vaping is to be viewed as a credible way to quit, urgent efforts need to be made to ensure smokers

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