Utilization of e-cigarettes, widely called e- cigarettes, has helped more than six million smokers in the European Union quit smoking, estimates a new study.
In addition, the researchers discovered that usage of e-cigarettes helps greater than nine million Europeans to reduce smoking consumption.
“These are some of 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 using the reviews for electronic cigarettes among an agent sample of 27,460 Europeans.
Eurobarometer is actually a survey performed by the European Commission, assessing, and others, smoking and e-cigarette use patterns in most 28 member states in the European Union.
The analysis, accepted for publication in the journal Addiction, also discovered that the use e-cigarettes has largely been confined to smokers, with minimal use by non-smokers.
“The European Union data reveal that the use of e-cigarettes may have an optimistic influence on public health for two main reasons – high quitting smoking and reduction rates are observed, and smokeless cigarette use is essentially confined to smokers (current and former), with minimal use by non-smokers,” Farsalinos noted.
There is lots of controversy over the usage of the e-cigarettes by non-smokers, but researchers appeared reassuring.
Just 1.3 percent of non-smokers reported current use of nicotine-containing e cigarettes and .09 percent reported daily use, the study said. A Perth man has lost an effort to overturn a conviction for selling e-cigarettes in Western Australia.
Vincent Van Heerden, 33, was convicted through the Supreme Court in 2014 of breaching tobacco control laws by selling e-cigarettes online. The landmark case effectively made the sale of the electronic smoking devices illegal in WA. The hjeibx turn fluid into vapour which can be inhaled, and Van Heerden maintained he believed these were a proper alternative to cigarettes.
He appealed the verdict inside the Court of Appeal, but the case was dismissed. Away from court, Van Heerden said he was shocked by the decision. “It doesn’t make any sense from the common sense perspective, coming from a moral viewpoint and coming from a legal viewpoint. I don’t understand it,” he said.
“I think society continues to be done a tremendous disservice today. This is a technology which is saving lives all across the globe. “They’ve been proven to be 95 per cent safer than actual cigarettes.” Van Heerden’s home was raided by Health Department officials this year, and he was later involved in breaching state law by selling a product that resembled a cigarette.