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January 5, 2017

Draft HIQA report says vaping is a cost-effective way to help smokers quit – IVVA

(excerpt) An analysis of Eurobarometer data recently published in the journal ”Addiction” found that across the EU, vaping has been responsible for 6.1 million smokers eliminating their tobacco use.

Most notably, however is the recognition in the assessment that if the numbers of smokers switching to vaping increases, it will represent a considerable cost saving to the state and the numbers of people making quit attempts will increase.Current regulations introduced under the EU Tobacco Products Directive, however mean that businesses who manufacture and supply vaping products cannot advertise them or their benefits, which will have a negative effect on their uptake among smokers.

The IVVA is also currently in consultation with the Department of Health and HSE’s Office of Tobacco and Alcohol Control on a provision of the directive that could see Irish consumers having to wait 6 months before new products reach the market here, when in both the UK and France these waiting times have been considerably reduced.

Source: Draft HIQA report says vaping is a cost-effective way to help smokers quit – IVVA

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