Electric cigarette use with Parisian teenagers
France is a country where people smoke a lot, it is also a country where there is a lot of interest in the electric cigarette as a means to quit smoking. A French lung specialist has already indicated a few years ago that fumes instead of smoking can save many lives on an annual basis. It is therefore not surprising that the first e-cigarette stores were opened in France. Already in 2015, the first conclusions of a large-scale study on smoking and fumes among young people were published. The results are still relevant, so we will delve deeper into the figures in this article.
A limited number of test subjects are a disadvantage of many investigations both for and against electric cigarettes. In this case it concerns a sample of more than 10,000 students between the ages of 12 and 19. This number was interviewed in the period 2012 to 2014 about their smoking and vapor habits. The French study was limited to students who studied in the capital Paris.
The numbers don't lie
More than 20 percent of the students who were questioned had ever tried an electric cigarette. Almost two-thirds were smokers or had smoked before, more than a third had never smoked. The number of people in this age group who have tried an e-cigarette increased considerably in the period 2012 to 2014, with the majority being between the ages of 16 and 19. While the number of young people who were going to fume increased, the number of smokers actually decreased. The use of marijuana and alcohol also decreased, although this may not necessarily be related to each other.
What was the conclusion?
It seems that young people stop smoking or don't even start when they have access to electric cigarettes. It was not measured how many people stayed on for long periods of time, but the total number of smokers has decreased considerably since the introduction of e-cigarettes. In a country like France, where smoking is still an important cultural phenomenon, this appears to be a positive trend.