UK Youth Vaping Rates Remain Low Despite Local E-Cig Endorsement

A report by Public Health England (PHE) has found that in contrast to reports from the US, vaping rates amongst youth in Britain remain low, even though locally the devices are fully endorsed as harm reduction and smoking cessation tools.

An independent report on e-cigarette use led by researchers at King’s College London and commissioned by the PHE

Public Health England
PHE is an executive agency of UK that aims at protecting and improving the nation’s health and to address inequalities.
The review published by PHE on e-cigarette has been severely criticized because it endorse a 95% benefits compared to smoking tobacco. PHE subsequently published a document clarifying their point and specifying that their review was written in the light of broad toxicological evidence. 


, has indicated that regular vaping remains low among young people, and has plateaued among adults. The report is the first in a new set of 3, commissioned by the PHE under the Government’s Tobacco Control Plan for England, and it looks at patterns of use rather than health impacts of the devices, which will be the subject of a future report.

The compiled data indicate that while experimentation with e-cigarettes has increased amongst young people, regular use remains low, with only 1.7% of under-18s using e-cigarettes weekly or more. The researchers have found that of these 1.7% the vast majority also smoke, whilst amongst young people who never smoked, only 0.2% vape regularly. With regards to adults, e-cigarette use among adults has plateaued over recent years, and remains largely confined to smokers and ex-smokers, who are trying to quit smoking.

The US is not differentiating between ever use and regular use

Health Improvement Director at Public Health England, Professor John Newton, pointed out that these findings are in contrast with claims made by the US FDA

Food and Drug Administration
Federal agency of the United States of America. It belongs to he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and aims at promoting and protecting public health through the regulation and the supervision of various products among which tobacco products since 2009.


, adding that whilst young people may experiment with the devices, regular use remains low.


Uk smoking rate 2017


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