(CNN) – Tobacco kills some 6 million people around the world every year according to the world health organization. Quitting can help lower the risks of dying early from a variety of tobacco-related illnesses. It’s possible that the use of e-cigarettes might help people give up smoking altogether.
New research out of the United Kingdom indicates that the use of e-cigarettes may have helped thousands quit smoking. The study was published Wednesday in the British Medicinal Journal.
Researchers at University College London analyzed information from the “smoking toolkit” study, which looked at smoking and attempts to quit in England. They found that e-cigarettes may have helped some 18-thousand people in the country quit smoking in 2015.
The investigators pointed out that there was no evidence the use of e-cigarettes *prompted* people to try to quit but they said that during 2015 the number of people who successfully quit smoking rose as more people used e-cigarettes.
According to the world health organization, tobacco kills up to half of its users. The American Lung Association says 480-thousand people in the U.S. die from tobacco related causes each year, making it the number one cause of preventable death in the country.