Nearly Half of Physicians Surveyed Believe Vapor Products Can Reduce Risk
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 29, 2016 – A new study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research found that the majority of U.S. physicians are “frequently discussing electronic cigarettes in a clinical context and a substantial proportion of U.S. physicians have recommended vapor products to their patients.”
The research paper, titled, “Beliefs, Practices, and Self-efficacy of U.S. Physicians Regarding Smoking Cessation and Electronic Cigarettes: A National Survey,” found that more than 70 percent of U.S. doctors indicated that e-cigs can help patients reduce or eliminate smoking, and nearly half (50 percent) believe e-cigs can reduce risk.
“The results of this survey of U.S. physicians provide further evidence for policy makers that vapor products can be a significant tool to help reduce smoking consumption, and that these devices should be embraced, rather than stifled with over-regulation and excessive taxation,” said Cap O’Rourke, president, SFATA’s board of directors. “It’s long past due that medical groups here in the U.S. embrace the leadership of their peers at Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians on the adoption of vapor products considering the 40 million American’s still smoking.”
The study also revealed that a substantial proportion of physicians recommend e-cigs to their patients who smoke despite some controversy around the devices. Additionally, approximately two-thirds (66 percent) of the physician respondents report their patients who smoke ask them about e-cigs at least some of the time, while 58 percent report they ask their patients who smoke about using e-cigs at least some of the time.
“This study shows that, across the United States, physicians are discussing electronic cigarettes with their patients who smoke,” said Andrew S. Nickels, M.D. in a press release, corresponding author of the study, assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “This information serves as a call to regulators and health policy authorities that electronic cigarettes are effectively being viewed and discussed as devices intended to treat nicotine addiction in clinics across the country.”
Founded in 2012, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is the largest trade association in the vapor products industry with more than 1,200 members and 28 chapters located across the country, representing online retailers, brick and mortar vendors, distributors, manufacturers, professional service providers, importers and wholesalers. For more information, visit SFATA.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter @SFATA. Download a copy of SFATA’s “Top 10 Vapor Facts: Demystifying Misconceptions about the Vapor Industry” by visiting http://bit.ly/toptenvaporfacts.