What about YOUth? Smoking and e-cigarette use among 15 year olds in England.

Tuesday 04 August 2015

A new report published today on health behaviour among 15 year olds shows that 8% are current smokers while 18% have tried electronic cigarettes and 3% are current users. [1]

According to this survey, smoking rates are consistent with the findings of the latest Smoking Drinking and Drug Use and show that the government has more than met its target to reduce smoking among 15 year olds to below 12% by 2015.

Regular use of e-cigarettes is very similar to the Smoking Drinking and Drug Use survey with very little use among young people who have never smoked.  This reflects similar findings by ASH and other surveys. [2]

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of health charity ASH said:

“Smoking amongst young people is continuing to decline but 1 in 12 young people are still smoking by the age of 15.  If we are to succeed in achieving the smokefree generation called for by the Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, there is still much more to be done.” 


Notes and Links:

[1] This is the first survey of its kind and was commissioned by the Department of Health in response to the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum.  Data has been collected on topics including general health, diet, use of free time, physical activity, smoking, drinking, emotional wellbeing, drugs and bullying. The full report is due to be published by HSCIC in December 2015.

This report covers smoking prevalence and includes information on e-cigarette use and the use of other tobacco products such as shisha.

[2] – Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2014. Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
– Use of electronic cigarettes among children in Great Britain, ASH
Health Survey for England, 2013.
– Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) 2013