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Int J Public Health. 2016 Mar;61(2):159-65. doi: 10.1007/s00038-015-0773-9. Epub 2015 Dec 21.

Electronic cigarette use in France in 2014.

Author information

1
Inpes (Institut national de prévention et d'éducation pour la santé), 42 Boulevard de la Libération, 93203, Saint-Denis cedex, France. raphael.andler@inpes.sante.fr.
2
Inpes (Institut national de prévention et d'éducation pour la santé), 42 Boulevard de la Libération, 93203, Saint-Denis cedex, France.
3
OFDT (Observatoire français des drogues et toxicomanies), 3 Avenue du Stade de France, 93200, Saint-Denis, France.
4
ERES, Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, INSERM, Institut Pierre Louis, d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique (IPLESP UMRS 1136), 75012, Paris, France.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this study was to investigate electronic cigarette use in France with a special focus on its relationship with tobacco smoking.

METHODS:

The 2014 Health Barometer is a telephone survey of 15,635 individuals which provides a status update regarding electronic cigarettes use in France.

RESULTS:

In 2014, 25.7 % of 15-75-year-olds had tried e-cigarettes. Among these, 23.4 % were current vapers (6.0 % of 15-75-year-olds). Among vapers, about half were daily vapers (2.9 % of 15-75-year-olds). Smoking prevalence was high among those who vape: 83.1 % were smokers (74.7 % were daily smokers) and 15.0 % were former smokers. Four out of five vapers considered that they had reduced their cigarette consumption through e-cigarette use. Vaping ex-smokers represented 0.9 % of 15-75-year-olds, which are approximately 400,000 people. This figure represents an initial estimate of the number of smokers who have successfully stopped smoking, at least temporarily, thanks to e-cigarettes.

CONCLUSIONS:

E-cigarettes in France were on the whole used by smokers. The e-cigarette could have helped several hundreds of thousands of individuals to quit smoking, at least temporarily.

KEYWORDS:

Cessation; Dual use; Electronic cigarette; Smoking; e-cigarette

PMID:
26687039
DOI:
10.1007/s00038-015-0773-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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