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New Study Finds Vaping Does Not Normalise Smoking For Young People

A new study has found that electronic cigarette use has not led more youths in the United Kingdom to take up smoking or look at cigarette use as normal. The study's findings throw a wrench in the theory that vaping's boom might lead to the normalisation of smoking among today's youth.

The study, which was led by researchers from Cardiff University and published in the journal Tobacco Control, found that the percentage of U.K. youths who reported that trying cigarettes was "OK" dropped dramatically from 1999 to 2015. In 1999, the percentage that indicated that it was "OK" to try a cigarette was recorded at 70%. By 2015, this figure had dropped to 27%.

As for the percentage of U.K. youths that had smoked, the researchers found that for children between the ages of 13 and 15, the percentage who had smoked dropped from 60% to 19% during the period of time stretching from 1998 to 2015. In other words, the percentage of youth smokers has continued to decrease while e-cigarette use has risen, bringing into question the theory that e-cigarette use might normalise smoking among today's youths.

Dr Graham Moore with the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement was quoted by The Guardian as having said that the study "demonstrates the success of public health efforts in reducing smoking among young people in the last 20 years and provides no evidence that e-cigarettes are reversing this."

Switching From Smoking To Vaping

Public Health England's latest e-cigarette evidence review has found e-cigarettes to be at least 95% less harmful than smoking. Beyond the potential health benefits of switching from smoking to vaping, there are also the cost savings for smokers to take into consideration. In many cases, smokers who make the switch will save money, which you can learn more about here.

For smokers who are ready to make the switch, Vaper Empire offers a range of premium vaping products, including electronic cigarettes and e-cigarette liquids. Our vape store is always open and our Australia-based customer service team is available to answer any questions. To start vaping today, click here to visit our online store.

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