According to a survey of National Health Service (NHS) published a few days ago, the use of e-cigarettes among schoolchildren in Britain has remained stable over the past two years, with one quarter of students having used the devices.
The e-cigarette remains more popular than traditional cigarettes in the UK: 16% of 13 000 students surveyed in 2018 reported having already tried smoking.
The survey, which assessed the habits of children aged from 11 to 15 years, indicates that the popularity of vaping remains stable. The previous 2016 survey showed the same number, 25%, versus 22% in 2014, when e-cigarette issues were included for the first time in the survey.
« That reassures us that our regulations are working and that vapers have not become the "cool" phenomenon of young English people but that it is said that it would be in the United States" , wrote Deborah Arnott, Executive Director Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), in a statement.
When asked about attitudes towards e-cigarettes, more than one-third of those surveyed said they could accept that people of their age would try an e-cigarette to "see what it looks like". Ordinary cigarette consumption is down, down by 3 percentage points from 2016.
In another update released Monday by Public Health England, the health organization maintained its position that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking.
«In summary, the best estimates show that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to health than normal cigarettes"Writes the body.
The NHS survey showed that illicit drug and alcohol testing remains relatively stable among school-aged children.