Who Uses Electronic Cigarettes and What Are Its Implications on the UK Vaping Industry?
At the moment, there are 1 in 5 adult smokers in the United Kingdom. According to statistics released from a study made by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), e-cigarette users in the UK are estimated at 1.3 billion. Which demographic do these e-cigarette users belong to exactly?
These 1.3 billion people who smoke e-cigarettes comprise mostly ex-smokers of traditional tobacco cigarettes, current smokers who are trying to cut down on tobacco use or are trying to ease into the process of quitting the smoking habit.
Current smokers and ex-smokers of real cigarettes have different reasons for using e-cigarettes. A reported 48% of this combined demographic in general uses e-cigs to help them quit smoking in general, and “to help me keep off tobacco,” at 32%. ASH conducted a comprehensive survey on 1, 035 adults who have used e-cig devices in Great Britain, and here are the results:
A reported 10% say their reason is to avoid putting those around them at risk due to second-hand tobacco smoke. Some 15% of respondents say they use electronic cigarettes because they needed something to help deal with situations where they cannot smoke real cigarettes, like in workplaces, certain bars, or restaurants. There is 22% who said they tried e-cigarettes to save money; 22% to help reduce smoking of regular tobacco cigarettes, but not to quit completely. The biggest slice of the pie at 34% of the respondents say that they shifted to e-cig devices to help them quit smoking traditional cigarettes entirely.
The price of electronic cigarette devices and vaping accessories, in general, is rapidly dropping as its popularity continues to rise here in the United Kingdom. Robert West, a professor of health psychology and the director of tobacco studies at the epidemiology and public health department of the University College London, says “They are about 20% cheaper than cigarettes at the moment. As they get more popular and sales increase, they could end up being half the price, especially if they end up being regulated as medicine and are exempted from VAT (Value Added Tax).”
Regulation in the UK
On June 12, 2013, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced their regulation of e-cigs, along with other nicotine-containing products (NCPs) as medicines.
At present, electronic cigarettes are not regulated under the smoke-free law in the UK. E-cig users, in general, are free to use their vaping devices in most public gathering places such as certain restaurants, bars, and public transport.
However, managers of some of these public spaces and premises still prohibit their use.
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E-cigs deliver nicotine to users’ lungs without the deathly toxic substances which can be found in tobacco smoke. They also reduce the amount of second-hand smoke exposure in spaces where smoking is legal or allowed because they do not produce smoke, only water-based vapors.
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