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According to Vísirreports, between 2008 and 2017, cigarettes sales dropped by 50%, whilst the number of vapers is thought to have reached about 22,000. In 2014, 35,000 Icelanders which equated to 14% of the population, reported they smoked and by 2017 this figure had dropped to 9%, which amounts to approximately 22,000 people.
Dr. Guðmundur Karl Snæbjörnsson, says vaping is largely responsible for this 40% percent drop in smoking, and therefore is referring to e-cigarettes as “a great blessing”.
“Smoking has been falling like a rock”
As it stands, Iceland has no vaping regulations set in place. Last year, Iceland’s Minister of Health Óttarr Proppé announced a bill was being drafted to extend the existent smoking regulations to vaping, and therefore ban the use of e-cigarettes in bars, restaurants, workplaces and schools. However this bill was not approved.
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