February 01, 2018
Vaping step away from smoking
A Massey University study on vaping has found most study participants take up e-cigarettes so they can quit tobacco.
Lizzie Strickett, the research and communicaitons officer from Maori public health agency Hapai Te Hauora's national tobacco control advocacy service, says the study confirms e-cigarettes should be an important part of the wider Smokefreee Aotearoa 2025 strategy.
She says the study indicated vaping may be less addictive than smoking, as shown by longer delay times in the morning before vaping and a trend of reducing nicotine levels in e-cigarette liquid over time.
"That fits in really well with what we believe is a harm reduction strategy and we see this benefiting people who struggle with quitting tobacco cigarettes because thios study indicated most vapers are successful at quitting tobacco and are also able to reduce nicotine consumption over time," Ms Strickett says.
The idea vaping is a gateway into smoking is also ill founded, with youth smoking on the decline in countries where access to vaping is not prohibited.
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