16:20 uur 24-03-2021

Wat denken EU-politici echt over e-sigaretten en andere nieuwe nicotineproducten?

Hoe meer MEP’s over deze producten weten, hoe minder riskant ze denken dat ze zijn

BARCELONA, Spanje– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Hoeveel politici weten over e-sigaretten en andere nieuwe tabaksproducten heeft een groot effect op hun perceptie van veiligheid en risico’s, suggereert nieuw onderzoek.

Uit een enquête onder members of de European Parliament (MEPs) bleek dat degenen die kennis hadden van nieuwe tabaksproducten veel meer kans hadden dan degenen zonder kennis om ze als minder riskant te beschouwen dan roken.

Uit het onderzoek van ECigIntelligence en TobaccoIntelligence, onafhankelijke gegevensleveranciers voor de sector, bleek dat:

  • Een groot deel van de MEP’s heeft geen kennis van nieuwe nicotineproducten.
  • Opvattingen over risico lijken verband te houden met kennis van de producten. Deze MEP’s met kennis van de producten zullen de producten eerder als minder riskant beschouwen dan roken; mensen zonder kennis zullen de producten eerder als hetzelfde of schadelijker beschouwen in vergelijking met roken.
  • Een meerderheid van de MEP’s is van mening dat nieuwe nicotineproducten bestaande rokers waarschijnlijk zullen helpen om te stoppen.
  • MEP’s denken voornamelijk dat vapen veiliger is dan roken, maar tot 1 op de 5 denkt dat sommige nieuwe nicotineproducten net zo riskant kunnen zijn als roken.

What Do EU Politicians Really Think About e-cigarettes and Other New Nicotine Products?

The more MEPs know about these products, the less risky they think they are

BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)– How much politicians know about e-cigarettes and other novel tobacco products has a major effect on their perceptions of safety and risk, new research suggests.

A survey of members of the European Parliament (MEPs) found that those who were knowledgeable about novel tobacco products were far more likely than those with no knowledge to consider them less risky than smoking.

The survey conducted by ECigIntelligence and TobaccoIntelligence, independent data providers to the sector, found that:

  • 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 and data from the survey is included in our two-page attachment.

The survey was carried out online and anonymously, and all data remains confidential other than in consolidated analysis. It was sent to all MEPs (from all member states and political parties) and responses were obtained from over 30 MEPs, representing nearly 5% of the European Parliament.

Summary results – MEP survey 2021


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