• Full programme and speaker line-up announced for 7th annual UK E-Cigarette Summit on Thursday 14th November 2019 at The Royal Society, London

Children and adolescents’ perceptions and use of e-cigarettes

15:35 - 15:50

While the harms of e-cigarettes are contested, there is consensus that they are less harmful than smoking. Hence supporting smokers to switch from tobacco to e-cigarettes offers an important harm reduction potential. However, there are concerns that e-cigarettes might act as a gateway to nicotine addiction, and future smoking, among children and adolescents who would not have otherwise smoked. There are also concerns that the growing visibility of e-cigarettes might act to renormalize smoking. This presentation will draw on data from two ongoing studies to understand recent trends in perceptions and use of tobacco among children and adolescents in the UK. The first is a study of secondary school-aged adolescents, focused on smoking and e-cigarette use before and after Tobacco Products Directive regulations. The second combines a new survey of primary school-aged children’s perceptions of tobacco and e-cigarettes with historical datasets to understand perceptions of tobacco and e-cigarettes among younger children from 2007 to 2019.


  • Dr Graham Moore Reader, School of Social Sciences and Health & Deputy Director DECIPHer - Cardiff University

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