Thanks to e-cigarettes: 50 percent fewer tobacco smokers in six years


Around 110,000 people die in Germany every year as a result of smoking. Over 18 million Germans regularly used tobacco cigarettes in 2014. (1) Positive trend: The number of cigarette smokers decreased by 1.5 million between 2012 and 2014. The WHO plans to reduce the smoking rate worldwide by 30 percent by 2025. (2)

Good plan, but it is much more possible in a much shorter time: 50 percent fewer tobacco smokers in the next six years. With the e-cigarette. However, it is imperative for the World Health Organization (WHO) to stop blocking the product.


Sudden increase in user numbers

In parallel to the declining smoking rate in Germany, the number of regular e-cigarette users in Germany has increased tenfold over the past five years from 300,000 (2010) to 3 million (2015). Analysts predict that the significantly less harmful e-cigarette will overtake tobacco cigarettes by 2021. (3) In Germany this means up to nine million fewer tobacco smokers - and a drastically reduced number of diseases and deaths caused by tobacco consumption. However, it is a prerequisite that the e-cigarette is allowed to have a moderately regulated development. Also, the opportunities for public health associated with the product must not be reduced by focusing solely on possible damage.


Dac Sprengel, Chairman of the VdeH: “Through international campaigns against the e-cigarette, the WHO - and in Germany the German Cancer Research Center as the leading collaboration center - is undermining the potential of the product. Those responsible have to be asked why they are not taking advantage of such a great opportunity to improve world health in order to instead talk in mostly conjunctive form about possible health risks that could be associated with the e-cigarette. "


And further: “The e-cigarette is not a health product and is also not suitable for young people. But compared to the tobacco cigarette, it is a significantly less harmful product for adult tobacco smokers who are looking for a better alternative. This is proven by many comparative studies. (4) The WHO and the DKFZ also know this. This knowledge and the facts should shape the debate about the e-cigarette and not any speculations; after all, this is about human life. "


(1) Source: Statista

(2) Source: Federal Center for Health Education

(3) Source: NACS, Wells Fargo

(4) Sources: Cahn / Siegel + Fraunhofer Institute


published 8/2015