ECigIntelligence, the renowned independent data analysis resource for the tobacco-alternatives industry, and its sister company TobaccoIntelligence, conducted the survey online. In a press release by the agencies, it was pointed out that the survey was fully anonymous and all data remains confidential other than in consolidated analysis.
Responses were obtained from over 30 MEPs, representing nearly 5% of the European Parliament, and the main findings were summarized as follows:
- “A high proportion of MEPs have no knowledge about new nicotine products.
- Views on risk seem linked to knowledge of the products. Those MEPs with knowledge of the products are more likely to consider the products less risky than smoking; those with no knowledge are more likely to consider the products the same or more harmful compared to smoking.
- A majority of MEPs believe new nicotine products are likely to help existing smokers quit.
- MEPs predominantly think that vaping is safer than smoking, but up to 1 in 5 think that some new nicotine products can be as risky as smoking.”
Further information can be found in more detail in this two-page attachment: Summary results – MEP survey 2021