A new study shows that 6.1 million Europeans have quit smoking by switching to vaping. Yet in the United States, the FDA is taking measures to restrict or ban the activity.
Misperceptions about the safety and efficacy of electronic cigarettes abound, yet each new piece of research shows increasingly positive results.
The latest study by Konstantinos Farsalinos and colleagues surveyed 27,640 e-cigarette users from all 28 European Union member nations, finding that:
- 6.1 million Europeans have quit smoking by switching to vaping.
- 35.1 percent of current European vapers reported they ceased smoking by switching to vaping.
- 32.2 percent of current European vapers reported reduced smoking due to vaping.
- Just 0.08 percent of those who have ever used tobacco-related products started with e-cigarettes.
- Just 1.3 percent of those who have never smoked reported current use of e-cigarettes containing nicotine.
- Just 0.09 percent of never-smokers report they currently use nicotine daily.
If millions of smokers in Europe improved their health by switching to e-cigarettes, why can’t we extend that same data to the United States?
Given these facts, the Food and Drug Administration deeming regulations that went into effect this week have all the more significance. Within two years, it appears effectively none of the products available today will still be available. The FDA standard is so onerous that tens of millions of dollars and several years of preparation will be required.