International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 61, Issue 2, pp 159–165 | Cite as

Electronic cigarette use in France in 2014

  • Raphaël Andler
  • Romain Guignard
  • Jean-Louis Wilquin
  • François Beck
  • Jean-Baptiste Richard
  • Viêt Nguyen-Thanh
Original Article



The aim of this study was to investigate electronic cigarette use in France with a special focus on its relationship with tobacco smoking.


The 2014 Health Barometer is a telephone survey of 15,635 individuals which provides a status update regarding electronic cigarettes use in France.


In 2014, 25.7 % of 15–75-year-olds had tried e-cigarettes. Among these, 23.4 % were current vapers (6.0 % of 15–75-year-olds). Among vapers, about half were daily vapers (2.9 % of 15-75-year-olds). Smoking prevalence was high among those who vape: 83.1 % were smokers (74.7 % were daily smokers) and 15.0 % were former smokers. Four out of five vapers considered that they had reduced their cigarette consumption through e-cigarette use. Vaping ex-smokers represented 0.9 % of 15–75-year-olds, which are approximately 400,000 people. This figure represents an initial estimate of the number of smokers who have successfully stopped smoking, at least temporarily, thanks to e-cigarettes.


E-cigarettes in France were on the whole used by smokers. The e-cigarette could have helped several hundreds of thousands of individuals to quit smoking, at least temporarily.


Electronic cigarette e-cigarette Dual use Smoking Cessation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raphaël Andler
    • 1
  • Romain Guignard
    • 1
  • Jean-Louis Wilquin
    • 1
  • François Beck
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jean-Baptiste Richard
    • 1
  • Viêt Nguyen-Thanh
    • 1
  1. 1.Inpes (Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la santé)Saint-Denis cedexFrance
  2. 2.OFDT (Observatoire français des drogues et toxicomanies)Saint-DenisFrance
  3. 3.ERES, Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, INSERMInstitut Pierre Louis, d’Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique (IPLESP UMRS 1136)ParisFrance

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