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Nov 08, 2013

e-cigarettes-vaping-law-marketing-teens-advertising-government-lifestyle-smoking-quitting-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationBy Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse

Nearly one-fifth of smokers who tried electronic cigarettes became regular users, most often in an attempt to cut down on regular cigarettes, a European survey showed.

Among those 18.3% who reported becoming regular users, 60% said the nicotine vapor devices helped them cut down on smoking tobacco, Peter Hajek, PhD, CClinPsych, of the U.K. Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies at Queen Mary University of London, and colleagues found.

That adoption rate was “remarkably high” and suggested a potential for a population-level impact on tobacco smoking, they concluded in the November issue of Chest.

“Together with the finding that most of the regular e-cigarette users have been using e-cigarettes daily for several months, it suggests that e-cigarettes are not just a fad likely to fade away when the novelty wears off, but that the product is developing into a genuine alternative to conventional cigarettes,” they wrote.

The study was done in the Czech Republic, where e-cigarettes are available in most tobacco and specialty shops and on the Internet and where smoking rates are high (25%), but the researchers suggested the results would generalize to a number of other European countries.

Europe has been struggling with how to regulate the increasingly popular devices, as has the U.S. and other countries around the world.

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