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Young People’s Use of E-Cigarettes across the United Kingdom: Findings from Five Surveys 2015-2017

Citation
Bauld L, MacKintosh AM, Eastwood B, Ford A, Moore G, Dockrell M, Arnott D, Cheeseman H & McNeill A (2017) Young People’s Use of E-Cigarettes across the United Kingdom: Findings from Five Surveys 2015-2017, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (9), Art. No.: 973.

Abstract
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.

Keywords
smoking; tobacco; e-cigarettes; youth; prevalence; surveys

StatusPublished
AuthorsBauld Linda, MacKintosh Anne Marie, Eastwood Brian, Ford Allison, Moore Graham, Dockrell Martin, Arnott Deborah, Cheeseman Hazel, McNeill Ann
Publication date29/08/2017
Publication date online29/08/2017
Date accepted by journal23/08/2017
PublisherMDPI
ISSN 1660-4601
LanguageEnglish

Journal
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Volume 14, Issue 9

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