E-cigarettes, a vapor device containing nicotine, have been gaining in popularity in recent years and there is growing support from some quarters for them as a safer alternative to smoking.
But in a new survey, the Tobacco Institute has revealed that a significant minority of people are concerned about vaping.
The report found that 26 per cent of people who were surveyed said they had not tried vaping before and 26 per 10% had been unsure about the products, while 11 per cent were unsure about how much nicotine they could get out of them.
The survey also revealed that more than half of respondents (52 per cent) had never used an e-cigarette before.
“A significant number of people feel that the safety of e-cigarettes has not been adequately addressed,” the report says.
Dr Andrew Wilson, from the Tobacco Centre at the University of Sydney, said the report was a “very strong signal to tobacco control groups that they need to be more open and transparent about what they’re doing.”””
Many of these concerns are rooted in concern over how e-cigs could affect their health.”
Dr Andrew Wilson, from the Tobacco Centre at the University of Sydney, said the report was a “very strong signal to tobacco control groups that they need to be more open and transparent about what they’re doing.”
“It’s a very, very good indication that there’s some growing support for the use of e‐cigarettes,” he said.
The report also showed a growing proportion of people had stopped smoking tobacco products altogether, up from 13 per cent to 19 per cent.
“This is quite significant because it’s a trend that we haven’t seen in the last 20 years,” Mr Wilson said.
“People have been smoking for longer periods of time, and they’re starting to smoke less and less.”
That’s probably what’s keeping them from switching to vaping.
“It could be the combination of the lack of smoking cessation and the increased use of vaping.”
Dr Wilson said it was also important to remember that there were some people who did smoke cigarettes.
“E-cigarettes don’t kill people.
They don’t give people lung cancer.
But they don’t do what you would expect for them to do, and that’s to kill people,” he explained.
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