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Vaporizer use is very rare among non-smokers

Benoit Vallet, Director General of Health announced it during the vape Summit and this becomes concrete, the CONSTANCES cohort survey delivers its first data, as published in the Bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire, edited by the new agency Public Health France.

The treatment of preliminary data gathered by the French CONSTANCES project on e-cigarette and tobacco use reveals that:

  • Vaporizer use is very rare among non-smokers;
  • Vaporizer use is slightly more frequent among ex-smokers;
  • Dual use is twice as frequent as vaping;
  • Vaping prevalence is similar for men and women and decreases with age;
  • Dual users report the lowest prevalence of Very good-Good self-rated health and the highest depressiveness prevalence
  • There is a clear gradient in e-cigarette use according to the number of pack-years of tobacco smoking,
  • Trends over one year show that no e-cigarette exclusive user had become a smoker one year later.

These preliminary results on e-cigarette do not suggest gateway effect to tobacco smoking“, write the authors and they add that the results “rather suggest that it is used for smoking cessation“.


[1] Goldberg M, Hourani I, Cyr D, Guéguen A, Zins M., 2016. Utilisation de la cigarette électronique et du tabac : premières données de la cohorte Constances, France, 2014. Bull Epidémiol Hebd. (15):264-71.

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