Medics Back Vapes in New Zealand

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Fraser Clarke

The majority of healthcare professionals in New Zealand would support the use of electronic vaping products as an alternative to cigarettes - assuming that they were regulated appropriately.

Global analysts Frost & Sullivan spoke to 60 medical professionals - ranging from GPs to Psychiatrists, Surgeons and Allied Professionals - in the country to gauge their views on the greater use of electronic cigarette products.

The use of these devices has been controversial, with some researchers arguing that they appeal to a younger market, and the fact little is known about the long-term health impact of using them, whilst others simply see them as a less harmful way of smoking.

According to the report 65% of Medics agreed that they would prefer if smokers who are unwilling to quit switched to e-vapes, whilst just 2% disagreed with this.

Discussing the findings, MD of Frost and Sullivan in New Zealand, Mark Dougan, said: “Smoking is still a key area of concern amongst healthcare professionals, with 90% believing that the government still needs to do more to address smoking.

“Our survey indicates that 60% of smokers overall and 64% of Māori smokers would like to quit, but are facing challenges in doing so, with current smokers who have tried to quit reporting an average of over six unsuccessful attempts to do so.

“About 40% of smokers do not wish to quit or are not sure. In this case, switching to tobacco harm reduction products is a better option in the long term than continuing to smoke cigarettes.”

Could electronic vaping products help New Zealand to reach its goal of being smokefree by 2025, or do they simply transfer the problem? Let us know via our social media channels.