According to a press release dated June 27, 2016 from the American Vaping Association, a study was compiled by researchers at the University of Patras-Greece, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre-Greece and the French National Research Institute for Health and Medical Research. The data compiled by the researchers concluded that tobacco smokers are commonly using vaping products as a way to quit or reduce their dependence on tobacco cigarettes. The researchers from the study used a 2014 Eurobarometer survey for their data collection. The Eurobarometer survey evaluates, among other things, patterns in smoking and e-cigarette use. The information from the survey was collected from a questionnaire that was answered by 27, 460 Europeans from 28 countries in the European Union.
The compiled data from the study found that 48.5 million Europeans have tried e-cigarettes, and there are 7.5 million individuals that consider themselves to be current users. Among those who are still vaping there are 35.1% that state they have quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, and another 32.2% have cut-back on their use. Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, principal investigator and author of the study, stated in the press release, “These are probably the highest rates of smoking cessation and reduction ever observed in such a large population study.”
According to the press release, the researchers concluded from the study two basic facts about e-cigarettes. The first that vaping is a viable means for smokers to quit smoking altogether, or to at least reduce their dependence on tobacco cigarettes. The second being vaping use tends to be limited to current and former tobacco smokers. In the study there were only 1.3% of non-smokers reported using e-cigarettes containing nicotine, and a small 0.09% of non-smokers reported daily use of electronic cigarettes. There was little reported continued use by non-smokers. This is more evidence, as other studies have concluded, that vaping is not the proverbial gateway to smoking.
Other studies, such as one recently conducted by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), have come to the same conclusions concerning vaping as a means to quit smoking. The RCP recently conducted their own study in the UK, “Nicotine without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction.” In their findings the RCP concluded that E-cigarettes are being marketed as a consumer product, but are more popular among smokers trying to quit or reduce their tobacco cigarette use than traditional Nicotine replacement therapies. Although there may yet be health risks associated with vaping products, the RCP states with today’s products the long-term health risks associated with electronic cigarette use is unlikely to exceed 5% of the harm from tobacco cigarette use. From their study they concluded in the interest of public health electronic cigarettes, NRT’s and other non-tobacco products should be promoted as a substitute for tobacco cigarette products.
As the studies strongly suggest vaping is a viable means for smokers to quit or reduce their need for traditional tobacco cigarettes. If you are interested in vaping as a result of this study, head out to Vapor Galleria Camp Wisdom where they will answer any question you might have about vaping safety versus smoking safety.
Wiley Online Library. Addiction-“Electronic Cigarette Use in the European Union: Analysis of a Representative Sample of 27, 460 Europeans from 28 Countries.”
28 June 2016
Royal College of Physicians. “Nicotine Without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction”
28 June 2016