E.U. Survey Finds E-Cigarettes Helped 15 Million Smokers Quit or Cut Back

A large survey of Europeans indicates that more than 6 million have quit smoking with the help of e-cigarettes, while more than 9 million have cut back, according to a study recently published by the journal Addiction. “These are probably the highest rates of smoking cessation and reduction ever observed in such a large population study,” says the lead researcher, Konstantinos Farsalinos, a cardiologist at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens. “The European Union data show that the use of electronic cigarettes seems to have a positive impact on public health for two main reasons: 1) High smoking cessation and reduction rates are observed, and 2) electronic cigarette use is largely confined to smokers (current and former), with minimal use by nonsmokers.”

True to form, the “formaldehyde study” is far more complicated than the sensational logic behind headlines like “Before You Vape: High Levels Of Formaldehyde Hidden In E-Cigs” (a story NBC News ran in January 2015).

Read more here: http://reason.com/blog/2016/06/27/eu-survey-finds-e-cigarettes-helped-mill

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