Use of e cigarettes, widely referred to as e- cigarettes, helps greater than six million smokers in the European Union give up smoking, estimates a new study.
In addition, the researchers learned that utilization of e-cigarettes has helped greater than nine million Europeans to cut smoking consumption.
“These are the highest rates of smoking cessation and reduction ever observed in this particular large population study,” said principal investigator in the study Konstantinos Farsalinos from University of Patras, Rio, Greece.
For the study, they analysed the data through the 2014 Eurobarometer on smoking and the use of the e cig reviews among a representative sample of 27,460 Europeans.
Eurobarometer is a survey done by the European Commission, assessing, amongst others, smoking and electronic cigarette use patterns in every 28 member states from the European Union.
The analysis, accepted for publication in the journal Addiction, also learned that making use e-cigarettes has largely been confined to smokers, with minimal use by non-smokers.
“The European Union data reveal that using electronic cigarettes appears to have a positive impact on public health for 2 main reasons – high quitting smoking and reduction rates are observed, and e-cigarette use is largely confined to smokers (current and former), with minimal use by non-smokers,” Farsalinos noted.
There is a lot of controversy over the use of the e-cigarettes by non-smokers, but researchers appeared reassuring.
Just 1.3 percent of non-smokers reported current utilization of nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes and .09 percent reported daily use, the study said. A Perth man has lost an attempt to overturn a conviction for selling e-cigarettes in Western Australia.
Vincent Van Heerden, 33, was convicted from the Supreme Court in 2014 of breaching tobacco control laws by selling e-cigarettes online. The landmark case effectively made the sale in the electronic smoking devices illegal in WA. The hjeibx turn fluid into vapour that can be inhaled, and Van Heerden maintained he believed these were a wholesome substitute for cigarettes.
He appealed the verdict inside the Court of Appeal, however the case was dismissed. Outside of the court, Van Heerden said he was shocked through the decision. “It doesn’t make any sense coming from a common sense viewpoint, coming from a moral viewpoint and coming from a legal viewpoint. I don’t understand it,” he said.
“I think society has become done a tremendous disservice today. It was a technology that is saving lives all around the world. “They’ve been shown to be 95 percent safer than actual tobacco cigarettes.” Van Heerden’s home was raided by Health Department officials this year, and then he was later responsible for breaching state law by selling a product that resembled a cigarette.