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New Study Supports Vaping’s Efficacy

Vaping works as a quit tool according to data from Spanish/Colombian research.

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Research has been carried out by ANESVAP (a Spanish vapers’ association), in partnership with UPEV (the Spanish vape business association) and ASOVAPE (an association of Colombian vapers). It was conducted by psychologist Elisabet Gimeno and the medical-scientific platform MOVE.

Almost 10,000 vapers were surveyed and the organisations claim it clears up any doubts about the actions of vapers and the effectiveness of vaping to act as a tool for quitting smoking tobacco products. The survey was available for online completion and distributed to vape stores for in-store display and mailshots to customers.

“No es la puerta de entrada al tabaquismo para los más jóvenes”

The three main findings were:

  • Vaping does not act as a gateway into smoking.
  • Vaping is not a product that promotes nicotine addiction.
  • Vaping dramatically reduces smoking rates.

Although the survey was conducted in Spanish, vapers from 32 countries took part. In total their were 9,721 submissions, with 5,509 coming from Spain itself. The average vaper was 39 years old, male and had been vaping for 1.83 years.

Over 96% used to smoke before starting to vape, and almost 92% attributed their success at quitting tobacco use to electronic cigarettes. Some had been vaping for up to eight years but the majority had been using vape products for up to four years.

“No es un producto que fomenta la adicción a la nicotina”

The survey also lends credence to the belief that vaping really works for the heavier smokers. Almost half of the respondents used to be on a pack of tobacco cigarettes per day, over 39% of respondents managed successfully to escape from a two packs a day or more habit.

Ninety percent opted for vaping in order to improve their health. Additional reasons for vaping included:

  • 22% claimed financial reasons
  • 4% to be able to vape in places where smoking was banned
  • 1% because it was a gift
  • 3% for flavour and enjoyment

“Y SI, reduce de forma dramática las tasas de tabaquismo”

Most importantly, 92% noticed improvements to their health, and of those 59% stated that their health had improved a lot.

Vapers used an average of 12mg of nicotine when starting vaping. This figure drops to an average of 4mg for those who have been vaping longer, proving that nicotine consumption drops through self-regulation.

“Lo más importante es que un 92,43% había detectado mejoras en su salud de los cuales un 59,23% manifestó haber mejorado mucho”

86% of respondents believe flavours are “very important” in order to aid a smoking cessation attempt. This is reflected in the t- test for related samples showing that participants significantly reduced nicotine concentration from the time they began to vaping to the present. This is an area of concern for European vapers given the latest soundings from MEPs on the subject of the future for juice flavours.

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Dave is a freelance writer; with articles on music, motorbikes, football, pop-science, vaping and tobacco harm reduction in Sounds, Melody Maker, UBG, AWoL, Bike, When Saturday Comes, Vape News Magazine, and syndicated across the Johnston Press group. He was published in an anthology of “Greatest Football Writing”, but still believes this was a mistake. Dave contributes sketches to comedy shows and used to co-host a radio sketch show. He’s worked with numerous vape companies to develop content for their websites.

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