A study by the University of Melbourne, has indicated that easier access to nicotine containing vaping products, would lead to health gains and cost savings in the health sector.
The study titled “Potential country-level health and cost impacts of legalizing domestic sale of vaporized nicotine products”, was published in Epidemiology, and aimed to determine what would happen if vaping rates increased in New Zealand.
The researchers found that the most likely outcome is a health benefit equivalent to an average of an extra 19 healthy days to the life of each living New Zealander, due to the health gained by those switching from smoking to vaping. The researchers added that the results would also be applicable to Australia.
The study also looked at the financial gains on public health due to less people developing smoking-related diseases, and these were calculated at NZ$3.4 billion (AUD$3.27 billion). All these impacts were calculated under realistic assumptions.
Diane Caruana – Vaping Post – March 21, 2019.