EU Study Shows that E-Cigarettes are Having a Direct Impact on the Tobacco Industry

Posted on 04 July 2016

Those that appreciate the benefits of using an e-cigarette are more than aware of the impact that this industry is having on Big Tobacco. Until now our suspicions about the reduction in global tobacco consumption have not been independently verified. A study recently published in the journal Addiction, supports the commonly held belief that vaping has caused one of the largest drops in smoking ever recorded. According to the study, over 6 million Europeans have quit smoking and 9 million Europeans have reduced the amount of cigarettes that they are consuming due to e-cigarettes. French and Greek scientists using 2014 data from the Eurobarometer that was collected from all 28 member states of the European Union compiled the “most detailed ever used in analyzing electronic cigarette use on a population level.” This is the first time that a mass amount of population data has been used to measure the effects that vaping is having on the population of an entire continent.

“These are probably the highest rates of smoking cessation and reduction ever observed in such a large population study,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos.

“The European Union data show that the use of electronic cigarettes seems to have a positive impact on public health for two main reasons: 1. High smoking cessation and reduction rates are observed, and 2. Electronic cigarette use is largely confined to smokers (current and former), with minimal use by non-smokers.”

This finding helps to dispel the assumption that vaping is attracting individuals who never smoked and that the abundance of available e-liquid flavors was luring non-smokers into e-cigarette use. The study concluded that only 1.3% of non-smokers reported current use of vaping devices containing nicotine and only 0.09% reported daily use. “Practically, there is no current or regular use of nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes by non-smokers, so the concern that electronic cigarettes can be a gateway to smoking is largely rejected by our findings,” stated Jacques Le Houezec, a neuroscientist at the French National Research Institute for Health and Medical Research.

Global vaping is helping to save lives and reduce the amount of tobacco consumption that has been contributing to premature death and other serious health problems. “Worldwide, vaping has undoubtedly helped over 10 million smokers quit. In the same year, this study was conducted; a similar population-level survey was performed in the United States. That 2014 study found that 2.4 million adults had quit smoking with vapor products. Here in 2016, that number has almost certainly risen past 3.5 or 4 million quitters in the U.S. alone.”

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