Study Shows Vaping is Not Gateway to Smoking and Reduces Smoking Rates Too

Study Shows Vaping is Not Gateway to Smoking and Reduces Smoking Rates Too

Spanish vaping association Anesvap have conducted a study of nearly 10,000 people across 32 countries with results showing that vaping is an effective means to quit smoking.

But not only did it show vaping as a viable means to stop smoking, the majority of respondents also said their health had improved since using  an e cigarette.

This latest survey was conducted over a two-month period, using social networks and bricks and mortar stores and store databases.  Almost 6,000 of the respondents were Spanish, where 300,000 of the population are currently vapers.

The survey responses also showed that vaping

  • Is not a gateway to smoking
  • Is less addictive than smoking
  • Reduces smoking rates


More Vaping Stats

In Spain 99.6% of vapers are adults with an average age of 38.52 years. And just under 80% of vapers are male.

And on average vapers used ecigarettes for 1.8 years, with 92% quitting altogether after that time.  96% of those vapers who were surveyed were smokers before starting with e juice.

But on whether vaping is a gateway to smoking just 0.16% of previous non-smokers started smoking after taking up e liquid.

Why Choose Vape?

One thing that is consistently clear in many of the studies done – including the recent Eurobarometer is people’s main reason for taking up vaping is to improve their health.  Nearly 90% of people said this was their reason in the Spanish study, while 22% also claimed economic reasons.

89.89% to improve their health

21.55% for economic reasons

4.12% to consume nicotine in places where smoking is not allowed

2.50% for leisure reasons and/or e liquid flavour concentrates

0.87% replacement for water pipe

0.20% claimed other reasons


Health Improvements


More than 92% of those who answered said they had discovered improvements in their health, with 59.23% said they had ‘improved a lot’.  Those who had vaped for 2 years also claimed to have ‘much better health’.

In total  the general data of 9721 respondents from 32 countries was analyzed, alongside the data of the country with the highest participation - Spain with 5,509 individuals.