The study led by the Wellness Promotion Agency and not too long ago published in the scientific journal Addictive Behaviours, has identified that more than half (56.five %) of existing smokers, had at least attempted e-cigarettes. And although around 1 in six Kiwi adults have attempted the devices, only two % are existing customers.
Everyday vaping was highest amongst existing smokers, at three.1%, and amongst former smokers, at 9%.
Paper co-author, Professor Richard Edwards, who is Co-Director of the ASPIRE 2025 Investigation Group at the University of Otago, Wellington, pointed out that every day vaping is highest amongst amongst former smokers at 9%, and existing smokers at three.1%. On the other hand, contrary to the ongoing alarmist claims across the US, no every day use was recorded amongst men and women who have by no means smoked.
“The findings from this nationally representative survey of adult New Zealanders give us a snapshot for how the use of e-cigarettes is establishing,” stated Professor Edwards. “The facts from the survey will assistance monitor the uptake of e-cigarettes and offer proof about their influence on smoking. It could also assistance in the improvement of interventions aiming to boost the contribution of e-cigarettes to decreasing smoking and its adverse well being effects in Aotearoa.”
These findings must inform debates about e-cigarettes
Professor Edwards added that these findings must inform future debates about the pros and cons of e-cigarettes, and their possible part is assisting New Zealand attain its Smokefree 2025 objective. “The obtaining that men and women who have by no means smoked are not employing these goods is reassuring, as is the comparatively higher use amongst current quitters, as this suggests that a lot of smokers are effectively employing e-cigarettes to quit.”
“However, the substantial distinction amongst the proportion of smokers who have attempted e-cigarettes and who are at the moment employing them suggests that far more facts and guidance is necessary to help smokers who attempt to quit smoking with e-cigarettes,” added Edwards.
Study Additional: Healthcare Press