10 E-Cigarette Facts

Is vaping the new smoking? - here are ten facts about the alternative to lighting up a cigarette.

SMOKING is a lifestyle choice which can have fatal consequences and many people have turned to e-cigarettes as an alternative.

The electronic devices, originally developed in 1963 in America, mimic the experience of smoking by heating flavoured oils to deliver a vapour containing nicotine, rather than burning tobacco fumes which contain around 70 cancer-causing chemicals.

People using e-cigarettes, or vaping as it has become known, is now a common sight but what are the facts about this modern alternative to lighting up a ciggie?

Here are ten facts from the Office of National Statistics about e-cigarettes.

1. E-cigarettes first appeared on the UK market in 2007.

2. 6.1 million people in Great Britain are current or former users of e-cigarettes.

3. 3.9 million of those are former e-cigarette users.

4. Which means 2.2 million people currently use e-cigarettes.

5. 59 per cent of current e-cigarette users also use conventional cigarettes.

6. 53 per cent of current e-cigarette users say they main reason for vaping was to quit smoking.

7. 67 per cent of vapers use an e-cigarette at least once a day while 7 per cent of e-cigarette users partake less than once a month.

8. 22 per cent of vapers feel e-cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes.
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9. 20 per cent of current or former vapers believe the fumes are harmful to others while 41 per cent of people who have never smoked or used e-cigarettes felt vaping fumes are damaging to others.

10. 73 per cent of people surveyed believe e-cigarettes are less harmful than regular cigarettes.