66% Indian smokers view e-cigarettes as ‘positive alternative’

October 08 2016

Nearly 66 per cent of Indian smokers see e-cigarettes as a “positive alternative” to tobacco products, a new survey said on Thursday.

In a first-of-its-kind survey of adult smokers in India conducted by non-profit organisation factasia.org, the reseachers found that 69 per cent of Indian smokers would consider switching to e-cigarettes “if they were legal, met quality and safety standards, and were conveniently available”.

The survey showed that a few smokers in India have tried them although more than a third — 36 per cent — express some level of familiarity with them.

Eighty per cent reported they should have a right to access information about less harmful products.

More than three-quarters agree that “through tax and regulatory policies, the government should encourage adult smokers to switch to less harmful alternatives to cigarettes and ensure they are not used by youth,” said Heneage Mitchell, co-founder of factasia.org.

Further, 73 per cent of smokers said it would be wrong for the authorities to “prevent or delay the introduction of less harmful alternatives to cigarettes”.

“There is a clear need for action in India to regularise the industry and to establish quality standards, tax the products rationally and ensure they are made available only to adults, like many other consumer items,” Mitchell added.

India is now the fourth largest illegal cigarette market in the world, according to Euromonitor International — a London-based private market research firm.

“The government has a great opportunity to ensure there is no repeat of the situation that has arisen with conventional tobacco products,” Mitchell observed.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/66-Indian-smokers-view-e-cigarettes-as-positive-alternative/articleshow/54582831.cms?from=mdr

1 comment so far

Madison Posted on1:59 pm - Oct 17, 2016

Really interesting, thanks for sharing, it is good to see vaping is having a positive impact around the world. Hopefully just as many people in the UK will see it as a positive alternative to smoking, as it is a much better alternative, being 95% safer and better for your health than tobacco. It is a shame that governments are recognising vape incorrectly as a tobacco product and hopefully will realise the positive impact it can have. vape-merchant.com