Number of people in the UK who vape has risen, reveals poll

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25th September 2019 13:43 - Chemicals

Number of people in the UK who vape has risen:  A major study of 12,000 UK adults has found that the number who regularly vape has increased since last year. 

The latest figures show that today, 7% use e-cigarettes on a regular basis - an increase from 6.2% in 2018. 

The survey, commissioned by the charity, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) found that most of the people who reported vaping had been cigarette smokers (54%), with a third saying that they took up vaping to help them give up. 

A fifth said they had started vaping as a preventative measure, to ensure they don't start smoking again, while 13% said it was for financial reasons, with vaping costing less than tobacco. 

Almost two in five people who are vaping (39.8%) admitted to also smoking cigarettes, although the 2019 findings did reveal than this number is falling.

In terms of people who have never smoked cigarettes, just 0.8% reported using electronic devices. Of these, 73% said they first used e-cigarettes to give it a try. 

Ann McNeill, professor of tobacco addiction at King's College London, said: "Vaping isn't risk free, but it's much less risky than smoking, which kills nearly 100,000 people a year in the UK."

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