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Electronic Cigarettes

Department of Health written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of number of adults annually giving up smoking as a result of vaping; and whether there has been an increase in the number of adults giving up smoking since vaping became more common practice.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Office for National Statistics has published data on e-cigarette use in England annually since 2014. Data is published at the following link:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/healthandlifeexpectancies/datasets/ecigaretteuseinengland

The statistics show that in 2014 there was a total of 1.6 million e-cigarette users with 0.6 million of those ex-cigarette smokers. In 2016 e-cigarette use had increased to 2.4 million users, with 1.3 million of those ex-cigarette smokers. Smoking prevalence in England is currently at 15.5%, the lowest it has ever been.

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