The UK approach to e-cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction – Data, policy and evidence
09:30 - 09:45
Evidence, Policy and Research
The ASH Smokefree GB survey is the longest running survey of adult and youth e-cigarette use, providing the most up to date evidence available on how vaping is evolving in Britain. The most recent data from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) shows that as vaping has increased smoking has continued to decline, although as a cross-sectional survey it cannot prove causality. In 2019 around half as many Britons now vape as smoke, and the majority are ex-smokers. Although e-cigarettes are now the most popular quitting aid, the survey finds that in 2019 over a third of the 7.2 million smokers in the UK have never tried vaping. Public perception of the relative risks between smoking and vaping is still very poor and the recent news of an outbreak of serious vaping-related lung disease in the US may be driving vapers back to smoking. This presentation will look at how the UK should address this in order to support the 7.2 million smokers in the UK to stop smoking and end the tobacco epidemic which still causes nearly 100,000 deaths a year in the UK.
- Deborah Arnott Chief Executive - Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
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