Has 2019 begun showing good perspectives for vaping in Europe? Surfing in the news, we have collected some valuable highlights.
The good inclination towards vaping historically showed by some countries still persist, first of all UK. In the early days of the year, the BBC broadcasted a video, which gained great resonance across Europe, efficaciously comparing the effects of tobacco and vaping: two glass bells filled with white cotton inside simulate the lungs of a smoker and a vaper.
After the analog of a month of cigarettes or vapors, the results speak for themselves. While the e-cig steamed cotton is substantially unchanged, that exposed to cigarette smoke is visibly compromised by tar and combustion products.
It is also very recent the publication of a study comparing the effectiveness of traditional methods to quit smoking (patches and chewing gums) and electronic cigarettes on a sample of almost 900 people who wanted to stop smoking. After 1 year of monitoring, the vapers quit traditional smoking with almost double efficacy (18%) compared to that of the users of standard methods (9.9%).
Another important position comes from France: Cese (Conseil économique, social et environnemental), a consultative constitutional body, being asked about tobacco dependence, stresses the importance of proposing suitable tools for harm reduction; in the document “Les addictions au tabac et à l’alcool” (Tobacco and alcohol addictions) explicitly recommends “place the electronic cigarette with or without nicotine among other smoking cessation devices: integrate it in the addiction prevention speech…”.
The intensification of anti-smoking policies has certainly contributed to the growth of the vaping industry observed in 2107 and to an even greater extent in 2018. The French group Xerfi, specialized in economic studies of the sector, foresees a growth rate of 10-15% per year up to 2021, to achieve a turnover that will then stabilize around 1.2 billion euros (“Le marché de la cigarette électronique à l’horizon 2021″, The electronic cigarette market by 2021).
Even in Italy, after very difficult years for the sector, a new scenario seems to be emerging: 2019 led to a drastic reduction in consumption tax on refill liquids, and the reintroduction of the online sales also for nicotine products. A good recovery is therefore expected. It remains to be seen whether these revisions can anticipate a greater recognition of the electronic cigarette as a means of harm reduction by the national authorities.
In Belgium, various local initiatives support the fight against traditional smoking; the most recent is at the University Hospital of Liège, CHU, which established the first month without tobacco for its staff, scheduled for June. Employees who decide to quit smoking for a month will be supported by a team of experts. Since the details have not yet been disclosed, we don’t known if the e-cigarette will be involved. The initiative is still an important event, and could be a first step towards similar national projects.
This year seems to have started in the right way for the world of vaping: keep reading our blog to discover the next developments!