Vape ban could lead to smoking comeback among children, scientists fear

June 17, 2024 by

Vape ban could lead to smoking comeback among children, scientists fear

Scientists warn against a potential increase in youth smoking if e-cigarettes are banned due to the misconception that vaping is as harmful as smoking. The ban's unintended consequences could lead to young individuals turning to tobacco instead. With reduced public health messaging on smoking dangers and sensationalized vaping harms, many youths lack awareness of smoking risks. While vaping can aid smoking cessation, education campaigns are crucial to differentiate between vaping and smoking risks. Clarifying the relative harm levels and promoting vaping as a cessation tool can prevent non-smokers from developing nicotine addiction. Addressing misinformation and advocating for informed decisions on vaping and smoking are essential for public health.

12.90% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 7.2 million current smokers in United Kingdom 14.60% of men are current smokers but only 11.20% of women.



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