Mr Pedro Marques Vidal
Determinants and prevalence of e-cigarette use throughout the European Union: a secondary analysis of 26 566 youth and adults from 27 Countries.Vardavas CI et al.Tob Control. Published online 16 June 2014. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-051394
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become a fashionable alternative to “common” cigarette smoking, but little information existed regarding their use and knowledge in Europe.In the largest ever European study regarding knowledge and use of e-cigarette, Vardavas and colleagues reported that over two thirds of Europeans have heard of e-cigarettes, but a lower percentage knows what they are, and a sizable fraction (between 14 and 47% depending on country) does not know if they are harmful. The authors estimated that over 23 million Europeans have used or experimented e-cigarettes. Subjects aged less than 40, smokers who attempted to quit and heavy smokers were most likely to use or experiment e-cigarettes.These findings stress the need to evaluate the health impact of e-cigarettes: although heavy smokers might use e-cigarettes to reduce or quit smoking, e-cigarettes can also be a novel and fashionable method of entering tobacco addiction. Thus, EU-based regulations are urgently needed.
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