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How Many People Vape in Great Britain?

Oct 11, 2022

How many people vape in Great Britain?

A recent report carried out by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) shows the latest data relating to the prevalence of vaping and use of e-cigarettes by adults in Great Britain.

It reveals that usage has reached a record high of 4.3million people. Or 8.3% of adults.

The data goes on to show that 57% of current vapers are ex-smokers.

ASH also look at data involving 11-17 year olds and vaping. With the most recent data released in July 2022 showing that 15.8% of those aged 11-17 had tried vaping (up from 11.2% in 2021). And that 7% of this age group were current vapers (up from 3.3% in 2021)

It remains illegal to sell e-cigarette and vape devices to those aged under 18.

What type of vape devices are people using?

The ASH study shows that 65% of those aged 18 and over who currently vape use a device with a refillable tank as their main device.

But the figures also reveal the rapid increase in use of disposable vapes. Especially amongst those aged 18-24. In this age range the data shows that 48% of this group use disposable vapes as their main device (up from 2.8% in 2021)

In the 11-17 age group, disposable vapes are the most common type of main device used at 52% (up from 7.7% in 2021).

What does this mean for the vaping industry?

The data has put a focus on the uptake of vaping amongst younger age groups. With this article from the BBC highlighting calls for young non-smokers not to take up vaping.

Given that it is illegal to sell vape products to under 18’s we may see more clamping down in this area. Remember that as a vape shop owner your duty of care to your customers is something that you should be taking seriously. As is complying with all relevant legislation when it comes to the sale of vape and e-cigarette products.

We wrote a blog last month which considers the future for flavoured vapes and noted in this the awareness amongst the insurance industry of the potential for vapes to be sold to children. With this being one of many reasons why availability of cover is limited when it comes to insuring the sector.

There does still remain support for vaping as a method to help people stop smoking, given that current evidence suggests vaping is substantially less harmful than smoking. And it features within this year’s Stoptober campaign as one of the many tools people can access to help them quit smoking.

At Anthony Jones we are specialists in the vaping and electronic cigarette insurance market. So, whether you’re looking to take out a new vape insurance policy or are reviewing a current policy then do get in touch with us today on 0208 290 9080 or email us at ecig@anthonyjones.com

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