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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Aug 29;14(9). pii: E973. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14090973.

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

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1
Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK. linda.bauld@stir.ac.uk.
2
UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies. linda.bauld@stir.ac.uk.
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Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK. a.m.mackintosh@stir.ac.uk.
4
UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies. a.m.mackintosh@stir.ac.uk.
5
Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco Division, Health Improvement Directorate, Public Health England, Skipton House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LH, UK. brian.eastwood@phe.gov.uk.
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Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK. a.j.ford@stir.ac.uk.
7
UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies. a.j.ford@stir.ac.uk.
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Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer), School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, 1-3 Museum Place, Cardiff CF10 3BD, UK. mooreg@cardiff.ac.uk.
9
Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco Division, Health Improvement Directorate, Public Health England, Skipton House, 80 London Road, London SE1 6LH, UK. martin.dockrell@phe.gov.uk.
10
Action on Smoking and Health (ASH); 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY, UK. deborah.arnott@ash.org.uk.
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Action on Smoking and Health (ASH); 67-68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY, UK. hazel.cheeseman@ash.org.uk.
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UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies. ann.mcneill@kcl.ac.uk.
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Addictions Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, 4 Windsor Walk, London SE5 8BB, UK. ann.mcneill@kcl.ac.uk.

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:

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

PMID:
28850065
PMCID:
PMC5615510
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph14090973
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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