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E-cigarette use plateauing

Regular vaping among young people remains low in Britain and has plateaued among adults, says an independent report from King’s College London.

The findings show that while experimentation with e-cigarettes among young people has increased in recent years, regular use remains low. Only 1.7 per cent of under-18s use e-cigarettes weekly or more, and the vast majority of those also smoke. Among young people who have never smoked, only 0.2 per cent use e-cigarettes regularly.

Regular e-cigarette use among adults has plateaued over recent years, and remains largely confined to smokers and ex-smokers, with ‘quitting smoking’ the main motivation for adult vapers.

The report is the first of three commissioned by Public Health England under the government’s Tobacco Control Plan for England. It looks specifically at the use of e-cigarettes rather than health impacts, which will be covered in a future report.

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