Welsh Children â€˜Ditch Tobacco For E-Cigsâ€™
Children in Wales are nearly twice as likely to vape than smoke regular tobacco, Cardiff University research has found.
A study, published in the BMJ Open, investigated 32,479 11-16 year olds in Wales, and found that 18.5% had used e-cigarettes, whereas only 10.5% had used tobacco.
A Swansea e-cig firm insisted that it operates a challenge policy on those who appear younger than 25 to ensure products are not sold to young people.
The study found no evidence that suggested e-cigs make youngsters more likely to smoke, but fears that young vaping could develop into a public health issue if ignored.
2.7% of those who were questioned had used e-cigs weekly at the least, and 41.8% of those that smoked daily use e-cigs on a regular basis.
“Our data suggest that e-cigarette use is rapidly increasing among youths,â€ said Elen de Lacy, lead author of the study that found Welsh Children are more likely to use e-cigs than tobacco.
“Regular use by non-smokers remains very low, but is growing.â€
“The real need now is for further research to examine long-term youth e-cigarette and tobacco use and to understand e-cigarette use from young people’s perspectives.”
Like among children in Wales, tobacco in the US is at an all time popularity low. However, that doesnâ€™t seem to be curbing investorsâ€™ interest, with British American Tobacco buying up tobacco shares.
It has been reported in the past that vaping helps smokers quit, and are around 95% safer than regular cigarettes.