According to a new Belgian study, that Le Soir mentioned on Wednesday, more than 4 smokers in 10 have stopped or greatly reduced their tobacco consumption thanks to the second generation electronic cigarette. It is meant to give a better dose of nicotine. But the results are controversial. The study by researchers from the universities of Leuven and Antwerp, published in the “Journal international de recherche environnementale et de la santé publique”, concludes that 44% of users of this cigarette have either given up completely or reduced their smoking of “conventional” cigarettes by 50% after 8 months.
The researchers recognize that their study involves a small amount of smokers (48) and longer and larger studies are needed.
For the Federation against cancer, the figure of 44% is exaggerated “as it includes those that stopped and those that reduced their consumption. And merely reducing tobacco consumption has no benefit to health or life expectancy”.