European Study-Vaping to Quit Smoking

Camp Wisdom Vapor StoreRecently in Europe a study was conducted that found vaping products were being used as a viable alternative for smokers to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, instead of using traditional marketed Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT)as a means to quit.


In June the American Vaping Association issued a press release regarding a study that was recently finished by scientists at the University of Patras-Greece, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre-Greece and the French National Research Institute for Health and Medical Research. From their data they determined tobacco smokers were frequently utilizing vaping as a means to quit or lessen their use of tobacco cigarettes. Information for the study was obtained from a 2014 Eurobarometer survey. The Eurobarometer survey computes, among other things, configurations in the use of tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Information from the survey was obtained from a questionnaire answered by 27, 460 participants from 28 countries in the European Union.


Data from the survey found that 48.5 million Europeans have tried e-cigarettes, and there are 7.5 million current e-cigarette users. Among current e-cigarettes smokers 35.1% related they had quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, and another 32.2% stated they weren’t able to quit but have cut-back on the amount they smoke. Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, principal investigator and co-author of the study reported in the press release, “These are probably the highest rates of smoking cessation and reduction ever observed in such a large population study.”


There appeared to be several specific findings about vaping from the study. The data confirmed vaping was a feasible alternative for tobacco smokers to either quit smoking, or lessen their use of tobacco cigarettes. Research also found in general the average e-cigarette user was either a current or a prior tobacco smokers. Information from the research concluded only 1.3% of non-smokers reported they had smoked e-cigarettes containing nicotine, and a small 0.09% of non-smokers stated they smoked e-cigarettes on a daily basis. The findings indicated there appeared to be no continued use of e-cigarettes by non-smokers. This agrees with other studies that found vaping is not believed to be a gateway to tobacco cigarettes.


In their own recent study regarding e-cigarettes, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) came to the same conclusion, vaping is a practical way for smokers to quit. In their UK study “Nicotine without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction” the RCP established from their data that although E-cigarettes are being sold as a consumer product, they have become a viable means for smokers to quit or limit their tobacco cigarette use instead of using traditional Nicotine replacement therapies. From their research the RCP stated although future studies may find health risks associated with vaping, in today’s products the long-term health risks concerning vaping products is unlikely to be more than 5% of the harm from tobacco cigarettes. For the public health of current and future smokers the RCP would like to see e-cigarettes, NRT’s and other non-tobacco products endorsed as an alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes.


As the data has shown vaping is a valuable means for smokers to quit or reduce their need for tobacco cigarettes so make the switch today. Your local Camp Wisdom Vapor Store‘s are stocked with all of your vaping needs.


Wiley Online Library. Addiction-“Electronic Cigarette Use in the European Union: Analysis of a Representative Sample of 27, 460 Europeans from 28 Countries.”
28 June 2016

Royal College of Physicians. “Nicotine Without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction”
28 June 2016