A POLL of smokers and vapers for No Smoking Day shows that two-thirds (65 per cent) of e-cigarette users have managed to quit smoking.

The poll found that a third (63 per cent) of e-cigarette users say they’re using them as an aid to stop smoking tobacco.

The survey comes as thousands of smokers make a quit attempt this No Smoking Day, Wednesday March 9.

The poll, which featured 1,000 smokers and e-cigarette users, also highlighted that in Wales:

• Over two-thirds (70 per cent) of all e-cigarette users would like more research to be done into the potential risks of using e-cigarettes.

• Over a quarter (26 per cent) of all smokers polled said they are confused about the health messages they get around e-cigarettes.

Mike Knapton, associate medical director at BHF, said: “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."

He added: “We already know that nearly one in five adults in the UK smokes, and it is essential that they are supported and informed on their journey to quitting for good. We’re asking smokers in Wales to use Wednesday 9 March 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.”

Latest statistics show that half of all people who successfully quit smoking, set the date they planned to stop. No Smoking Day is set to inspire hundreds of thousands of smokers to believe in their ability to quit, and BHF are urging smokers to use the day to mark the start of their quitting journey.

To receive information and support on stopping smoking visit nosmokingday.org.uk.