And the number of E-cigarette smokers – or ‘vapers’ – has plummeted since their initial boom two years ago, falling by 72% and now sitting at just 220,000 people in Spain.
Only 17.4% believe E-cigarettes are not a health risk either to the ‘vaper’ or the ‘passive vaper’, and a mere 21.2% say they help smokers give up – but 52% say they do not.
Around a third and a quarter respectively say they have no idea of any possible risk, or of any possible benefits.
Those in the Basque Country – 28.8% – and in Catalunya, the Canary Islands and Andalucía (24%) are most convinced E-cigarettes help with giving up smoking, whilst respondents of the study based in Aragón, Navarra, Cantabria and La Rioja had the least faith in them as a solution, with between 10% and 13% on average believing they could be a useful tool in kicking the habit.
Asturias’ residents are the least likely to fear health problems from E-cigarettes, at just 29%, but those in the land-locked western region of Extremadura, the southern region of Andalucía, and north-eastern Catalunya said, ino 53%, 54% and 55% of cases, that they felt vaping was dangerous.
Younger people seemed more likely to have faith in E-cigarettes as a tool in the fight against tobacco-smoking addiction, with 28.9% of the 18-24 age group saying they believed ‘vaping’ would help, compared with just 12.8% of the over-65s.
The surge in popularity of E-cigarettes around two years ago led to a proliferation of shops selling the gadgets themselves and refill cartridges opening, and to the national government’s regulating when and where they could be used.
‘Vaping’ has been banned in or near schools, health centres, or anywhere children or sick people may be found, as well as in public places in general such as bars and restaurants.
So far, no conclusive evidence is available either way – with E-cigarettes being a relatively knew phenomenon, the full, long-term health effects of using them are not known.