Some 3.6m people in the are , a rise of 12.5 percent in one year, new research suggests.
Vapers make up 7.1 percent of e-cigarettes than ever before. population, meaning more people are using
The products are most popular among 35- to 44-year-olds, followed by 45- to 54-year-olds.
The lowest rates of use are among young adults, aged 18 to 24.
Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), a charity, conducted the study. More than 12,000 people were polled for the research. Around 31 percent of vapers said they were former smokers who used the products to quit cigarettes.
“Vaping isn’t risk-free, but it’s much less risky than , which kills nearly 100,000 people a year in the ,” said Ann McNeill, professor of tobacco addiction at .
A further 20 percent said they had successfully quit smoking but vaped to prevent relapsing.
In the e-cigarettes have been linked to a mysterious lung illness which has killed at least eight people. flavored
At least 450 cases of the illness have been reported, according to health officials.
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Ash, said the reports from the e-cigarettes for illicit drug delivery. were “obviously concerning” but appeared to be linked to the misuse of
“Nothing like this has been seen in the UK to date, where a proper regulatory system is in place for nicotine-containing e-cigarettes, which is not yet the case in the US,” she said.
“Vapers should not be scared back to smoking by the news of illness in the US.
“Nor should smokers stick to smoking rather than switch to . It is essential, however, to only use legal vapes bought from reputable suppliers in the and not source illicit unregulated products over the internet.”
14 percent of the vapers polled said they enjoyed using e-cigarettes, while 13 percent said they used the products to save money.
Only 0.8 percent of the vapers had never smoked. Of that small number, the vast majority – 73 percent – said they began vaping to give it a try.
“Although e-cigarettes are now the most popular quitting aid, our survey finds that in 2019 over a third of smokers have still never tried vaping,” Ms. Arnott added.
“As Stoptober kicks off, we’d encourage smokers who haven’t done so yet, to give a try.”
“E-cigarettes have been shown to be a very effective aid for smokers trying to quit, either on their own or with help from stop smoking services.”
Previous research from the has suggested that young people who vape and do not smoke are more likely to try cigarettes than non-vaping peers.