Yesterday, in Belgium was broadcast a program dedicated to the electronic cigarette. In this report « Questions in the headlines On RTBF, the goal was to inform viewers by asking this simple question " Is the e-cigarette a miracle or a threat?". For those who have not had the opportunity to see it, here is the replay of the show.
In Europe, 6 million smokers have stopped the traditional cigarette thanks to the e-cigarette. For Vincent Bayerfor example, the electronic cigarette was miraculous. He was a smoker since 30 years ago when he discovered the e-cigarette: " Thanks to the electronic cigarette and a progressive reduction of the nicotine rate, I managed to stop smoking completely the cigarette and the electronic cigarette too. So, now, I do not smoke anything anymore. »
For tobacco specialists like Laurie Chitussi (CHR Verviers), the electronic cigarette is not a miracle cure for quitting smoking: " I consider it rather as an additional tool not first line. It is far from miraculous. There are people who have used it without success. But it is a tool anyway because for some people, it is necessary and useful to have something to compensate for the gesture. We do not use it on the front line because at the moment we are not yet sure of the long-term effects. It is used from a risk reduction perspective. It is better that the person smokes the electronic cigarette than the normal cigarette. "
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According to studies, the electronic cigarette seems safe in the short and medium term. On the other hand, there are always question marks for the long term because of the dyes and aromatic products used in the e-cigarette.
Invented 13 years ago in China, the electronic cigarette is now around the world. The business of the vape is doing well and has even become "trendy". More and more electronic cigarette shops are emerging like Julien Bovy in Brussels. For him, business works so much that every day, Julien believes steal market share to the tobacco industry: " SI take the idea that a smoker will spend 2500 € per year for his tobacco, we imagine that he will do it again for 20 years, it's 50 000 €. If I have ten smokers who stopped, I took 500 000 € to the tobacco industry. You multiply that by all the shops in the world. You understand then the colossal stakes that this represents. »
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But a new European directive worries the world of the vape. The electronic cigarette will now be considered as a tobacco product with similar constraints: prohibition to advertise, prohibition of selling on the Internet or prohibition to sell too large bottles. For many, these new rules will favor the tobacco industry at the expense of the electronic cigarette.
source : Rtbf.be/ Video : Pascal Schepers