Here in the UK we can report that over the last 5 year there has been a significant decline in the number of smokers and the number of cigarettes smoked daily has also hit a new low.
This can be linked to the popularity of electronic cigarettes as they are used as a tool to help smokers quit the habit.
The Office for National Statistics, latest data shows that 17.2% of adults in the UK smoked in 2015, down from 20.1% in 2010. This information is boosted by the fact that more than 1 million people say they are now using an electronic cigarette to keep them smoke free, with smoking records that first started in 1974 confirming this new data.
Scotland leads the UK with the highest smoking levels recorded at 19.1%, Northern Ireland follows with 19%, Wales stats show they reach 18.1% and England trails with only 16.9% of people now smoking. The results show that within Local Authorities Blackpool has the heavier smoking adults who clock up 25.3% of smoking adults and who smoke the most number of cigarettes per day.
The Office of National statistics data also revealed many more facts that compare the number of smokers to vapers. The age of the people who vape the most is between 35 to 49 and the age at which they smoke the most is 25 to 34.
Their data shows that we have 2.3 million vapers across England, Scotland, and Wales, which equates to about 4% of the population. Half of these people agreed they were using vaping as an aid to quit cigarettes, a further percentage said they were using a vape device as they believed they were less harmful than smoking and another small percentage group said they were vaping because it was cheaper than purchasing cigarettes.
All this positive data will only help the cause for electronic cigarettes to be shown as better than smoking for you and as a positive health benefit if you are comparing vaping to cigarettes.
Vaping bans in the USA
Vaping news continues to be one of highs and lows for electronic cigarettes this month with states in the USA continuing to ban the use of vaping devises while news in the UK is showing we now have an all-time low on smoking due to the increased use of electronic cigarettes.
The latest state to give a vape ban is Pittsburgh. Allegheny County council voted on Tuesday night by an 8-5 in favour majority to make vaping illegal in its restaurants and public places, the same as smoking. The ban includes handheld vaporizers and e-cigs.
Many US states have now banned the use of all vaping devices, expanding on the USA’s smoking ban which also includes tobacco products. Many states now have a ban to include all enclosed workplaces, including bars and restaurants.
Some go further to include hotels/motels, and within 20 feet (6.1 m) of entrances and exits and private clubs. Some parks and public areas have also been added to the vape bans.
We have included a link to show all the information you may need in regards to vaping while away in the states so you don’t get caught out.