According to Bernard Basset, Vice-President of the National Association for the Prevention of Alcohol and Addiction, “There is no longer the attraction of novelty”.
The French electronic cigarette industry is suffering from a drop in activity of around 25% to 30%, the company Kumulus Vape, one of the major players in the sector, said on Monday, September 30. This decline comes as vaping is blamed in the United States where 805 cases of lung diseases related to electronic cigarettes have been identified in the country.
According to Bernard Basset, vice-president of the National Association for Prevention in Alcoholology and Addictology (ANPAA), interviewed Tuesday, October 1 on franceinfo, “There is a market correction, after a phase of fashion, there is a phase of wisdom and more reasoned use”.
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In the minds of the general public, is the electronic cigarette no longer necessarily the miracle solution today?
After a phrase of enthusiasm, which is linked to the appearance of a new product where we can think that this is what will get rid of tobacco forever, there is a stabilization of opinion. There is no longer the attraction of novelty. There are economic factors.
Vaping is still a gesture that is not trivial: it is inhaling substances
There is an inhalation of substances but compared to cigarettes where we inhale combustion products, that is to say tars, carbon monoxide which are extremely destructive for the lung tissues and cause respiratory insufficiency , heart problems or cancer, vaping does not make you inhale these products. So the position of practitioners was pragmatic in France: compared to an appalling risk, vaping provides an undeniable benefit. It’s all about the benefits and risks, and vaping is infinitely less dangerous than tobacco. For now, there is no panic and change of apprehension of the product. It is a product that is still under surveillance by the French authorities, like all everyday consumer products that are used.