A record 4.5million Brits now vape

A record: 4.5 million Britons are now steamers, as official data shows.

The proportion of those who smoke e-cigarettes daily has increased to 8.7 percent over the past year, from 7.7 percent in 2021, according to the Office for National Statistics.

A record 4.5 million Brits are now vaping, official data shows


A record 4.5 million Brits are now vaping, official data showsPhoto credit: AFP

Activists warned of a worrying trend as 15.5 percent of under-25s now enjoy one every day.

Action on Smoking and Health’s Deborah Arnott called for government action to be taken against child-friendly e-cigarette branding.

She said: “It should put products out of sight and out of reach in stores and introduce a tax on children’s favorite pocket-money disposable e-cigarettes.”

The surge in vaping comes as the number of tobacco users has fallen to 6.4 million, the lowest on record, according to the ONS.

E-cigarettes are considered healthier than cigarettes because they contain no cancer-causing chemicals.

Little is known about their long-term effects, however, and countless studies have shown that they are not without risk.

ONS figures show that the largest increase in e-cigarette use is among women under the age of 25.

And the percentage of non-smokers who vape has increased by 60 percent.

The e-cigarette industry argues that increasing use among children is due to fraudulent sellers flouting the law, which requires buyers to be at least 18 years old.

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing russellfalcon@ustimespost.com.

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