Most grownup vapers of non-tobacco flavoured e-cigarettes overwhelmingly oppose flavour restrictions, in line with a current examine.
The examine, performed by the Worldwide Tobacco Management Coverage Analysis Undertaking at the College of Waterloo, examined whether or not common vapers from Canada, England and the US who solely use non-tobacco flavoured e-cigarettes, would help or oppose a ban on all non-tobacco flavours and the way they’d doubtlessly reply to such a coverage.
“Our study helps to fill the gaps in evidence of the possible impact of e-cigarette flavour bans, following from other studies that have predicted how smokers respond to tobacco control policies such as tax increases and menthol bans,” stated Professor Geoffrey Fong, co-author and the principal investigator of the ITC Undertaking.
The vaping trade produces 1000’s of flavoured vaping merchandise, comparable to tobacco, menthol, fruit, and sweet. With rising charges of youth vaping, regulators in some international locations are grappling with selections on learn how to greatest regulate vaping product flavours to guard public well being. A ban on flavoured vaping merchandise intends to discourage vaping amongst youth. However it isn’t clear whether or not a flavour ban would additionally discourage vaping amongst grownup people who smoke who vape, who additionally like flavours. Nevertheless, it’s unknown whether or not there may very well be unintended results of a flavour ban. For instance, might those that have used flavoured e-cigarettes to chop down or give up smoking threat relapsing to smoking if flavoured e-cigarettes are now not obtainable?
Within the examine, 82 per cent of the 851 vapers surveyed within the three international locations say they oppose a flavour ban, 13 per cent help it, and 5 per cent are not sure.
Vapers have been then requested what they may do if there was a ban on the flavours they have been at present vaping. Of the 57 per cent who reported they’d proceed vaping, half would vape an obtainable authorized flavour (tobacco flavour within the U.S., tobacco and menthol in Canada and England), and the opposite half reported that they’d discover a solution to get their most popular flavour(s) after the ban. About one in 5 vapers stated they’d cease vaping and smoke as a substitute, with 13 per cent reporting that they didn’t know what they’d do.
“Our findings raise the possibility that banning some flavoured vaping products may dissuade some adult smokers from vaping, with the possibility that they would return to smoking cigarettes, which are clearly much more harmful than vaping products, given that we know that at least half of regular smokers die of a smoking-caused disease,” stated ITC analysis assistant professor Shannon Gravely, who was lead creator of the examine.
The examine, “Responses to potential nicotine vaping product flavor restrictions among regular vapers using non-tobacco flavors: Findings from the 2020 ITC Smoking and Vaping Survey in Canada, England and the United States,” was not too long ago printed within the journal Addictive Behaviors.
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