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Smoking in United Kingdom

The overall smoking prevalence in the United Kingdom has reduced significantly since 2011. 12.9% of the adult population in the United Kingdom are current smokers, down from 20.2% in 2011. This means there are now approximately 6.4 million smokers in the country. 14.6% of men smoke, whilst 11.2% of women are current smokers. The most recent data show there were 114,513 annual deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (approximately 51,700 women and 62,800 men). The annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking was 18.87% (women: 16.9%; and men: 20.5%). Nicotine vapes (e-cigarettes) are legal in the United Kingdom and there are 3.6 million vapers in the country, giving an adult vaping prevalence of 6.4% (women: 5.6%; and men: 7.2%). There is a requirement to ensure vape packaging contains a health warning, there are no restrictions on the range of flavours available and they can only be sold to those 18 and older. Vaping devices can be purchased without a prescription and there are no legal restrictions on their use in public places. Heated tobacco products (HTP) are allowed to be used and can be marketed, but the situation is more complicated for snus. While it is illegal to import snus for trade or buy the product online, it is possible to import it for personal use. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products can be marketed and are available to buy in many general shops without a prescription. The NRT market in the United Kingdom is worth €165.4 million. For further information and full references, click through to the detailed datasheets above.

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May 21, 2024 by independent.co.uk

Children who spend a lot of time on social media ‘more likely to vape’

Research suggests that youngsters spending extensive time on social media are more prone to vaping and smoking. Those on social media over seven hours daily are at higher risk of smoking and vaping. Platforms have significant influence on youth exposure to these behaviors. The UK study on 10,808 individuals aged 10-25 reveals increased smoking and vaping among social media users. Vaping marketing through social media impacts young people, advocating for stricter regulations. Further research is needed to fully understand the relationship between social media use and smoking behaviors, taking into consideration individual characteristics. Children's exposure to vape marketing is rising, with online promotions impacting their vaping habits. Government intervention is crucial to protect young individuals online.

May 21, 2024 by thesun.my

Children who spend more time on social media ‘more likely to vape’

Youngsters spending more time on social media are likelier to smoke and vape. Research shows a correlation between increased social media use and higher smoking and vaping rates, with heavy users at the highest risk. Vape companies are using social media for targeted marketing, potentially influencing youth behaviors. The study suggests stricter regulation and enforcement of bans on smoking and vaping promotions on social media platforms. Another survey reveals a growing awareness of vape marketing among children, indicating the need for increased protections in online spaces. Authorities are urged to address the impact of online promotions on youth smoking and vaping rates.

May 13, 2024 by daily-pouch.com

Sunak’s capitulation on vaping illustrates how the UK government has descended into abject farce

Sunak's government risks collapse in the upcoming election due by January 2025, facing challenges like a recent MP defection to Labour and close polling with Reform. Despite past successes in tobacco harm reduction (THR), Chancellor Hunt's 143% tax increase on vaping products contradicts the government's quit-smoking initiatives. Experts criticize the tax as harmful and driven by revenue motives, potentially pushing vapers back to smoking. This misstep highlights the government's lack of coherent policymaking and alienates voters, especially the five million UK vapers affected by the tax. The ill-conceived move exposes the administration's incompetence and threatens its electoral prospects.

May 09, 2024 by filtermag.org

Are Nicotine Patches for Kids Who Vape a Good Idea?

Health officials in the UK recommend providing nicotine patches to children dependent on vaping for smoking cessation, emphasizing support over punishment. Public Health Wales calls for discreet use of nicotine replacement therapies in schools, highlighting the growing issue of adolescent nicotine dependency. The controversy surrounds whether NRT should be offered to youth given the contrasting views on vaping's role in harm reduction and smoking prevention. Experts differ on the effectiveness of NRT for young vapers, with concerns raised about potential unintended consequences of widespread adoption. The call for NRT usage among adolescents challenges traditional tobacco control approaches, signaling a shift towards harm reduction strategies.

May 06, 2024 by clivebates.com

UK Tobacco and Vapes Bill: a Misfire and a Backfire

New UK policies and legislation on smoking and vaping have been widely hailed as groundbreaking and game-changing. That is wrong. Closer examination shows they are likely to do more harm than good - a misfire and a backfire.

May 03, 2024 by planetofthevapes.co.uk

Government Ignores Vaping Industry

The UK Vaping Industry Association criticizes the government for excluding experts from the Tobacco and Vape Bill Committee, calling it undemocratic. They express concerns about the potential rise of illicit vape products and propose a licensing scheme. The association supports the Bill's aims but stresses the need for industry consultation. UKVIA has submitted amendments to address these issues. They have reached out to government officials to challenge the selection process for the committee. The exclusion of industry voices risks inadequate scrutiny of the Bill.

May 01, 2024 by mirror.co.uk

Vape industry advertorial banned for promoting unlicensed e-cigarettes

The Advertising Standards Authority banned an IBVTA advertorial in a newspaper for indirectly promoting unlicensed e-cigarettes and breaching rules. The ad claimed vaping saves smokers' lives and aimed to educate about vaping benefits. Although not promoting specific products directly, the ad indirectly endorsed single-use vapes. ASA ruled the ad must not run again. IBVTA expressed disappointment, citing public misinformation about vaping vs. smoking.

April 24, 2024 by planetofthevapes.co.uk

UKVIA Welcomes RCP Report

The UK Vaping Industry Association supports the Royal College of Physicians' report on vaping and smoking cessation, warning against potential flavor bans. It praises the report's emphasis on reducing youth vaping, improving healthcare advice, and cracking down on rogue traders. The association urges the government to consider the report's evidence-based recommendations, highlighting vaping's role in helping smokers quit. It also stresses the importance of maintaining diverse flavors, proper packaging, and regulatory control to support smokers switching to e-cigarettes. The industry aligns with the report's goal of reducing smoking-related health inequalities and promoting vaping as a safer alternative.

April 24, 2024 by tobaccoreporter.com

Royal College Releases New E-cig Report

The Royal College of Physicians' report emphasizes the effectiveness of e-cigarettes in smoking cessation but calls for measures to reduce appeal to nonsmokers. It suggests decreasing youth vaping through standardized packaging, flavor restrictions, and retail display bans. The report recommends affordable pricing for adult quit-smokers while deterring youth by taxing disposable e-cigarettes. Researchers stress the need for further studies on vaping health risks and urge regulators to limit the influence of cigarette manufacturers on policy development. They propose regular updates on nicotine product usage effects to inform policy decisions.

April 24, 2024 by rcplondon.ac.uk

RCP calls for regulations to protect children and young people from vaping

The RCP’s new report says more should be done to reduce the appeal and availability of e-cigarettes to children and young people. E-cigarettes and harm reduction: an evidence review 2024 makes several recommendations for regulation, including restricting the promotion of e-cigarettes on social media, making e-cigarettes less affordable for young people, and introducing standardised packaging to make vapes and e-cigarettes less appealing. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) survey data shows that the prevalence of vaping among children and young people aged 11–17 has more than doubled from 3.2% in 2021 to 7.6% in 2023.

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