STUDY: Facilitating access to the vape can reduce costs and improve public health

STUDY: Facilitating access to the vape can reduce costs and improve public health

According to a recent study proposed by the University of Melbourne in Australia, easier access to vape products containing nicotine could improve public health and reduce health system costs.

Tony Blakely - University of Melbourne


In conclusion, Australian and New Zealand researchers found that facilitating access to e-cigarettes containing nicotine would lead to health gains and cost savings in the same sector.

Research has modeled what would happen if the number of New Zealand vapers increased as a result of improved access to nicotine e-cigarettes compared to current consumption patterns. According to the researchers, the results are applicable in the same way in Australia.

Published in E, the study reveals that the most likely outcome is a benefit equivalent to 19 days of extra health for every New Zealander's life thanks to people who quit smoking for the vape.

Due to uncertainties about the impact of the long-term use of the e-cigarette, the average earnings per person would range from 2 to 37 plus days of good health but it is clear that by focusing on Realistic assumptions, the overall impact is very positive.

The likely cost savings of 3,4 billion New Zealand dollars (3,27 billion Australian dollars) would result from the decrease in the number of people with tobacco-related diseases, because the vape is less harmful than tobacco.

Currently, the United Kingdom and the United States have relatively liberal regulations on the sale of these products, while Australia, Thailand and Singapore apply various prohibitions. Restrictions have recently been relaxed in New Zealand, allowing adults to access non-prescription nicotine vaping products.

The professor and principal author of the University of Melbourne, Tony Blakelysaid the results provided important lessons for Australia. " New Zealand and Australia have relatively similar illness and smoking", He said adding" New Zealand's best estimate of health gains equals 19 days of healthy life per person living for the rest of his life".

The health benefits of the study were similar to those of well-established public health interventions, such as an annual 10% tobacco tax increase for 15 years or a national colorectal cancer screening program .

« Electronic cigarette policy development is a challenge"Said Professor Blakely. " Nevertheless, our study emphasizes that prudent liberalization of access to e-cigarettes is the best solution. »

The researchers recommend that sales of vaping products include expert advice on how to use them, such as the best type of product or how to obtain the appropriate nicotine concentration.

Professor Coral Gartner, a co-author and researcher at the University of Queensland, said the findings supported New Zealand's new regulatory approach that keeps nicotine-free vape products tax-free and cheaper than combustible cigarettes.

« Complementary regulations to minimize the risk of use by young people are needed, including restrictions on marketing and the places where products can be sold"Said the professor.

« In addition, a strengthened policy on fuel cigarettes, such as a reduction in the number of outlets, could go hand in hand with improved access to nicotine e-cigarettes and achieve maximum health gains.«

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