New smoking statistics shows ‘gray vaping’ is on the rise in the UK
New national statistics recently released by the National Health Service (NHS) of Great Britain indicates that – one again – smoking rates are plummeting as more smokers turn to vaping as a smoking cessation tool. Prepared by the National Statistics Office, the annual study also provides data which dispels the myth that teen vaping is a gateway to adult use of combustible tobacco products. While the numbers show a slight rise in young people experimenting with vapor products at least once, the figures also demonstrate that teenagers are avoiding burned tobacco in droves.
According to the NHS study entitled Statistics on Smoking; England 2018, adult smoking rates dropped to their lowest point in UK history, falling from 14.9 percent in 2017 to just 14.4 percent in 2018. Meanwhile, British adult vaping continues its uptrend in popularity from 3.7 percent in 2014 to about 6.3 percent last year. As for teenage smoking in the UK, a mere three percent self-identify as regular smokers – another all-time low.
The rise of the gray vapers
While vaping is becoming increasingly more acceptable in Great Britain, the numbers further indicate that adults 35-39 years of age are more likely to vape than any other age group. Youngsters between the ages of 11-15 are the least likely to vape followed by 25-34 year olds. Perhaps most inspiring, the study also indicates that persons ages 50-59 – who the vaping community sometimes refers to as gray vapers – experienced the most dramatic jump in vapor usage. Gray vapers are now the second highest age bracket of regular vapers in the UK.
As this age group is often a bit slower to come around to new trends in technology in general, the data seems to show that more and more older people are now turning to vaping to quit smoking. According to research published in 2015 by Public Health England, vaping is approximately 95 percent less harmful than smoking. And according to the NHS study, about 70 percent of UK smokers and 78 percent of ex-smokers now believe this to be true, as well.
Conversely, the general population in American is growing increasingly more negative towards e-cigarettes. A recent poll conducted by researchers from the Georgia State University Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (GSU-TCRS) shockingly indicates that 9.9 percent of respondents mistakenly believe that vaping is actually more harmful to public health than smoking.