With so much debate over e-electronic cigarettes, YouGov did a survey for Scotland, and the results showed dramatic rise in both use and awareness these types of devices but very few non-smokers actually use them. The conclusion comes to enforce the idea that electronic cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes.
Even though the numbers are a bit lower than in the similar YouGov survey did in the U.K., the directions are exactly the same: more and more smokers try e-cigarettes and more people believe that they will be good for public health (31%) than not (23%). The most important finding however, as in the case of the UK survey is that : ‘Current use of e-cigarettes amongst those who have never smoked is negligible (zero or nearly zero) and only around 1% of never-smokers report ever trying e-cigarettes.’
The poll also reveals a drastic rise in the number of current smokers in Scotland who have tried electronic cigarettes over the past four years. In 2010, only 7% of current smokers had ever tried electronic cigarettes. By 2014, the figure had risen to 45%.
‘Our interest is in helping people improve their health and so we welcome harm reduction as a principle. We believe that ‘vaping’ will prove to be less harmful than smoking – but not harmless, as some supporters suggest’ said Sheila Duffy Chief Executive of ASH Scotland.
ASH Scotland – Action on Smoking and Health (Scotland) – is the independent Scottish charity taking action to reduce the harm caused by tobacco. Their activities include an expert information service, parliamentary lobbying, campaigning, action-based projects, providing professional training and taking forward our partnerships and alliances.
With few studies on the long-term effects these e-cigarettes have on our health, it’s only fair for some people to be cautious, but as most scientist agree they are a lot less harmful than tobacco cigarettes.
‘We are calling for regulation of the market in e-cigarettes – and other new nicotine delivery devices – because nicotine is a highly addictive substance and the companies involved are under strong commercial pressure to recruit young people into using it.
To minimize the risk of drawing the next generation into nicotine addiction, we also want an under-18 age restriction on the sale of e-cigarettes in Scotland, as is already being planned for England and Wales, and we need restrictions on how these products are promoted’ added Sheila Duffy.
The conclusion of ASH’s Chief Executive is that: ‘There are particular concerns with the growing involvement of tobacco companies in this market because of their history of prioritising profits over people and misleading consumers. It is not in their interest for people to become free of nicotine addiction. We must defend Scotland’s vision for creating a generation free from tobacco and ensure that e-cigarettes work for this, not against it.’