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Action on Smoking and Health. (2019) Use of e-cigarettes among young people in Great Britain. London: ASH.

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Key findings:

  • More than three quarters of 11-18 year olds have never tried (76.9%) or are unaware of e-cigarettes (6.6%).
  • Young people vape mainly just to give it a try (52.4%) not because they think it looks cool (1.0%).
  • In 2019 15.4% of 11-18 year olds had tried vaping, compared to 16.0% in 2018. This is an increase from 2015 when 12.7% of 11-18 year olds had tried e-cigarettes.
  • In 2019, 1.6% of 11-18 year olds used e-cigarettes more than once a week (1.7% in 2018) compared to 0.5% in 2015.
  • Vaping is much less common among young people who have never smoked. A large majority of never smokers aged 11-18, 93.8% in total, have either never used an e-cigarette (87.8%) or are unaware of them (6.0%). Of young people aged 11-18 years old who have never smoked, 5.5% have ever tried e-cigarettes, 0.8% are current vapers, only 0.1% vape more than once a week, and not a single never smoker reported vaping daily.
  • Children under 16 are less likely to try e-cigarettes than 16-18 year olds. 8.5% of 11-15 year olds have tried vaping, compared to 26.7% of 16-18 year olds. 

In conclusion, data from the 2019 ASH YouGov Smokefree youth GB survey suggest that while some young people, particularly those who have tried smoking, experiment with e-cigarettes, regular use remains low. However, continued surveillance is needed.

Item Type
FactSheet
Publication Type
International
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
Screening / Assessment
Date
June 2019
Publisher
ASH
Corporate Creators
Action on Smoking and Health
Place of Publication
London
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