The patterns and trends in e-cigarette consumption and use in Poland: one of the biggest markets in Europe
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Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute-Oncology Centre, Warsaw, Poland
Health Promotion Foundation, Warsaw, Poland
Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention, The Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute-Oncology Centre, Warsaw, Poland
Krzysztof Przewoźniak   

Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute-Oncology Centre, Warsaw, Poland
Publication date: 2019-10-12
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2019;17(Suppl 1):A71
To evaluate patterns and trends in e-cigarette consumption and use in Poland through 1) analyzing changes in e-cigarette market share, value, and consumption, 2) comparison of current use of combustible, smokeless, and vaping tobacco products, 3) examining social patterns and changes in e-cigarette use in adult and youth population.

Quantitative data analysis from: Market reports (2014, 2016), national randomized surveys (2013, 2015, 2017), ITC Europe 2016, national youth surveys (2011, 2014).

Currently, number of vapers in Poland is estimated at around one million people, however, over half of them are dual users. Although prevalence of daily e-cigarettes use among adults seems to be still at low level (3% to 5%), the current use of e-cigarettes among Polish schoolchildren is even 5-times higher (25%). Sociological studies show that typical Polish adult e-cigarette user is middle-aged and high educated person living in good economic conditions.

Main reasons for e-cigarette use include lower or reasonable price of e-cigarettes as compared with price of traditional cigarettes and belief that they are less harmful than other tobacco products and more effective tool for quitting smoking than existing methods of tobacco dependence treatment. In Poland, e-cigarettes are regulated by the Polish Anti-Tobacco Act (2016). It is illegal to sell e-cigarettes and e-cigarette accessories to minors under the age of 18. There is a ban on online sales. Vaping is only allowed where smoking is permitted. Until it has been forbidden, almost half of e-cigarettes users were vaping in public place in Poland. The recent market studies and sociological surveys show that above legislative measures work and sale and the use of e-cigarettes among adults is on decline in Poland.