E-cigarettes in France

January 08 2016

E-cigarettes are the key factor that will aid thousands of smokers to quit. This has been a popular idea that has emerged along with the popularization of e-cigarettes. Though some have refuted this argument claiming that e-cigarettes actually lead more people to smoke, a recent study done in France actually shows vaping helps people quit smoking. Reporter Guy Bentley on the Daily Caller, refers to a study done in France (article title: “Study Estimates 400,000 Smokers Quit Thanks To E-cigarettes In Just One Country). “France’s 2014 Health Barometer, using responses from 15,635 people, aimed to investigate the relationship between tobacco and e-cigarette use. The research found that just over a quarter of French people between the ages of 15 and 75 have used an e-cigarette. In total, roughly 1.5 million people are using e-cigarettes on a daily basis. The vast majority of vapers are also smokers, but 15 percent were non-smokers. Furthermore, 80 percent of vapers who smoked said they cut their cigarette consumption by an average of 8.9 per day thanks to e-cigarettes. The central reasons for using e-cigarettes were higher tobacco prices, harm reduction and desire for nicotine. The total number of ex-smokers in France who are now vaping came to 400,000” (Guy Bentley).
For some, this may be a large number and yet for others, they may argue that the number is still small. Nonetheless, is this not a start? It is important to keep in mind that this statistics is only regarding one country, France. Also, with e-cigarettes as 95% less dangerous than smoking, 400,000 French people are now exposed to a device that is significantly less hazardous than smoking.


“The paper by Rutgers School of Public Health and the Schroeder Institute, used some of the latest government data and suggested e-cigarettes could be a critical ingredient in getting smokers to quit” (Guy Bentley). The study by Rutgers and the Schroeder Institute included the points that e-cigarettes do not lead people into smoking claiming that only 0.4% of the non-smoking people started vaping. Also the study shows that e-cigarettes are effective in helping people quit. ‘“the findings suggest that e-cigarettes could be used to displace much more toxic cigarettes among smokers and generate an impressive public health benefit in terms of lives saved’, said David Abrams, Schroder Institute’s executive director” (Guy Bentley, article: “Rutgers Study: E-cigarettes use is Soaring and Helping Smokers Quit”).
For some, it may just be an inconvenient truth. The fact that e-cigarettes are effective as a smoke cessation device and also that it is 95% less dangerous than smoking. Yet, there are many who are still trying to regulate and ban this device. What then would happen to the 400,000 people in France who have been able to quit through e-cigarettes? Would nicotine patches be able to provide the same feeling as that of vaping? One of the reasons that e-cigarettes have been able to be an alternative for smoking was because it creates a similar sensation. The difference is that there is no fire and that it involves no smoke. It excludes all of the thousands of chemicals, most of which are known to create cancer and has no tobacco. Yet, the users may or may not include nicotine in their e-liquid. It has been said that it is the nicotine that causes people to be addicted to smoking. E-cigarettes provide users with the nicotine while excluding the harmful chemicals. Of course, discretion is still needed as e-cigarettes must only be used as indicated by the user manual and customers should take caution to make sure that the device they are purchasing are the original products and not counterfeits. Counterfeits may malfunction and does pose a danger to the users. By carefully picking out vaporizers and by using those in the correct manner, it will be helpful in quitting smoking.