Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Polish survey of e-cigarette users finds 66% no longer smoke

A Polish study, "Patterns of electronic cigarette use and user beliefs about their safety and benefits: An Internet survey," was published online in the Drug and Alcohol Review. According to the abstract, the "objective of this study was to investigate patterns and effects of e-cigarette use and user beliefs about e-cigarette safety and benefits."

"The survey was completed by 179 e-cigarette users. Almost all participants used e-cigarettes daily. E-cigarettes were primarily used to quit smoking or to reduce the harm associated with smoking (both 41%), and were successful in helping the surveyed users to achieve these goals with 66% not smoking conventional cigarettes at all and 25% smoking under five cigarettes a day. Most participants (82%) did not think that e-cigarettes were completely safe, but thought that they were less dangerous than conventional cigarettes. Sixty percent believed that e-cigarettes were addictive, but less so than conventional cigarettes."

The same researcher, Maciej Lukasz Goniewicz, also recently published a survey study on Polish youth and young adult use, "Electronic Cigarette Use Among Teenagers and Young Adults in Poland," in the PEDIATRICS journal. Researchers report that about "one-fifth of Polish youth have tried e-cigarettes; most of them had previously smoked cigarettes. It is unclear whether e-cigarettes are just a novelty that young people try only once or whether they have potential to compete in the marketplace with conventional cigarettes." Only 3.2% of those who had never smoked reported trying e-cigarettes.

WHO reported the 2010 Global Adult Tobacco Survey found that the smoking rate for adults 15 years and older in Poland is 28%.

1 comment:

Lindsay Fox said...

This is a really exciting news. It shows us that not only cigarette smokers cut down on smoking cigarettes or quit altogether, but they also "occasionally stop smoking" or vaping in this case. So in some cases, e-cigarettes act as a gateway device to a smoke-free and vape-free life. Who wouldn't want that? I know I would.

- Lindsay