Research carried out by Reason Foundation, a US based non-profit organisation, found that the result of Vaping products becoming more accessible and sold at more competitive prices would naturally lead to more smokers switching to Vaping, calculating that the number of smokers could decrease by 50% or more within the next 20 years. “In 30 years, Vaping might eliminate smoking altogether,” concluded the study.
A total saving of around 90 million life-years!
Amir Ullah Khan, member of the Board of Governors at the Presidency University of Bangalore, and co author of the paper, pointed out that in less than 10 years Vaping products have developed dramatically in terms of “quality, efficacy and safety”, whilst prices have decreased. These were favourable conditions for the millions of smokers who have already made the switch to the safer alternative of Electronic Cigarettes. Economists agree that if things keep moving forward at this rate smoking will be eliminated altogether.
The authors of the study calculated that if 10% of the smoking population in India made the switch to Vaping, this would mean a significant reduction in possible smoke related diseases and deaths for about 11 million people. Additionally when “assuming that the majority of those who switch to Vaping are under 40, the average increase in life expectancy could be around eight years, resulting in a total saving of around 90 million life-years,” the paper said.