Quite the opposite to the alleged alarming US figures reported by the US FDA, the ASH report has indicated that the proportion of beneath 18s who attempt vaping has dropped to the bottom degree since 2016. The next have been the important thing findings:

“-Greater than three quarters of 11-18 yr olds have by no means tried (76.9%) or are unaware of e-cigarettes (6.6%).
-Younger folks vape primarily simply to offer it a attempt (52.4%) not as a result of they assume it appears to be like cool (1.0%).
-In 2019 15.4% of 11-18 yr olds had tried vaping, in comparison with 16.0% in 2018. This is a rise from 2015 when 12.7% of 11-18 yr olds had tried e-cigarettes.
-In 2019, 1.6% of 11-18 yr olds used e-cigarettes greater than as soon as per week (1.7% in 2018) in comparison with 0.5% in 2015.
-Vaping is far much less frequent amongst younger individuals who have by no means smoked. A big majority of by no means people who smoke aged 11-18, 93.8% in complete, have both by no means used an e-cigarette (87.8%) or are unaware of them (6.0%). Of younger folks aged 11-18 years previous who’ve by no means smoked, 5.5% have ever tried e-cigarettes, 0.8% are present vapers, solely 0.1% vape greater than as soon as per week, and never a single by no means smoker reported vaping every day.
-Kids beneath 16 are much less more likely to attempt e-cigarettes than 16-18 yr olds. 8.5% of 11-15 yr olds have tried vaping, in comparison with 26.7% of 16-18 yr olds.”

In an article on their web site, the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) talked about the report, saying that opposite to unsound alarmist headlines, sadly this report was not coated sufficient. “The media principally averted reporting on the excellent news that the proportion of beneath 18s who attempt vaping has dropped to the bottom degree since 2016.There was additionally little protection that those that had tried an e-cigarette a couple of times in 2019 was decrease than in 2015 and that common use of e-cigarettes amongst 11-18 yr olds has declined in 2019 in comparison with 2018.”

“Disappointing as a result of the media may be very fast to grab on any cherry-picked damaging information about vaping from a dwindling band of UK public well being professionals who nonetheless harbour irrational doubts about the advantages of safer merchandise on this nation, a lot of whom centre their arguments round not solely a concern of youths utilizing nicotine, but additionally that it will result in a gateway into flamable tobacco use. We will solely presume the gateway should be remarkably rusty on the hinges for it to not translate into any prevalence statistics that anybody can really see in actual life,” added the charity.

The NNA about Flavour Bans

“The UK boasts 1.7 million former people who smoke who’ve transformed from smoking to completely vaping as an alternative.”

Earlier within the week, the charity additionally launched a press release concerning the flavours’ saga, declaring that the confirmed success of e-cigarettes as smoking cessation instruments, can be compromised if e-liquid flavours have been to be banned.

The NNA and different main consultants on the International Discussion board on Nicotine (GFN) in Warsaw, stated that banning flavours from being bought, can be a deterrent to the growing variety of people who smoke who’re quitting by switching to the confirmed safer options.

“E-cigarettes are a confirmed safer various to smoking. The UK boasts 1.7 million former people who smoke who’ve transformed from smoking to completely vaping as an alternative. Flavours have been an enormous driver of that success, by distancing people who smoke from tobacco and offering an incentive to change, with a wide array of various choices to swimsuit their preferences,” stated NNA Chair Martin Cullip, who hosted a briefing on the GFN on the topic.

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