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Bauld, Linda and Mackintosh, Anne Marie and Eastwood, Brian and Ford, Allison and Moore, Graham and Dockrell, Martin and Arnott, Deborah and Cheeseman, Hazel and McNeill, Ann . (2017) Young people’s use of e-cigarettes across the United Kingdom: findings from five surveys 2015–2017. MDPI. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (9) 973. 10.3390/ijerph14090973

URL: http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/14/9/973

Concern has been expressed about the use of e-cigarettes among young people. Our study reported e-cigarette and tobacco cigarette ever and regular use among 11–16 year olds across the UK. Data came from five large scale surveys with different designs and sampling strategies conducted between 2015 and 2017: The Youth Tobacco Policy Survey; the Schools Health Research Network Wales survey; two Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Smokefree Great Britain-Youth Surveys; and the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey. Cumulatively these surveys collected data from over 60,000 young people.

For 2015/16 data for 11–16 year olds: ever smoking ranged from 11% to 20%; regular (at least weekly) smoking between 1% and 4%; ever use of e-cigarettes 7% to 18%; regular (at least weekly) use 1% to 3%; among never smokers, ever e-cigarette use ranged from 4% to 10% with regular use between 0.1% and 0.5%; among regular smokers, ever e-cigarette use ranged from 67% to 92% and regular use 7% to 38%. ASH surveys showed a rise in the prevalence of ever use of e-cigarettes from 7% (2016) to 11% (2017) but prevalence of regular use did not change remaining at 1%.

In summary, surveys across the UK show a consistent pattern: most e-cigarette experimentation does not turn into regular use, and levels of regular use in young people who have never smoked remain very low


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Tobacco
Intervention Type:AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:August 2017
Pages:973
Publisher:MDPI
Volume:14
Number:9
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Subjects:B Drugs and alcohol substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking) > Nicotine product (e-cigarette)
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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