E-cigarettes are NOT encouraging young people to take up smoking
Electronic cigarettes are NOT encouraging young people to take up smoking, it was reported today- despite a rise in under-18s who have tried vaping
Research undertaken by ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) found no evidence that young people are being encouraged to smoke via the use of e-cigs, despite a rise in the number of 11-18-year-olds who claim to have tried an e cigarette.
A health charity reported that in 2013, 4 per cent of 11 to 18-year-olds said they had tried e-cigarettes ‘once or twice’ out of curiosity, but in 2015 the figure had risen to 10 per cent.
They state that regular use remained rare with only 2.4% of 11-18year olds claiming to use the devices at least once a month. ASH said that this indicates the increase in awareness with teenage smokers but did not coincided with the rise of in teenage smokers – with recent Government figures actually showing that regular smoking is now at an all-time low amongst 11 to 15-year-olds (less than 3%)
Hazel Cheeseman, director of policy at Ash, said: ‘These results should reassure the public that electronic cigarettes are not linked with any rise in young people smoking.
She continued: ‘[That] although more young people are trying electronic cigarettes and many more young people are aware of them, this has not led to widespread regular use or an increase in smoking.’
Professor Kevin Fenton, national director for health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said: ‘This survey provides further confirmation that regular use of electronic cigarettes is still low and largely confined to young people who are already smokers.
‘The new law prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to young people under the age of 18 - which is due to take effect on October 1 - will further reduce teenagers’ access to these products and will reinforce the message that they are intended for adult smokers who want to cut down or stop smoking.’