2015 statistics on vaping have just been released by the UK Office for National Statistics. The statistics cite cutting down or quitting smoking (cessation) as the number 1 reason people use vaping devices such as e-cigarettes.

We put these 2015 statistics into an easily understandable format and provide some simple images you can share on social media such as facebook and twitter.

2015 UK e-Cig use statistics.

Reasons people use e-cigs or vaping devices:

  • 53% of people surveyed who use e-cigarettes or vaping devices cited quitting smoking real cigarettes as the primary reason for use.
  • 22% of people surveyed who use e-cigarettes or vaping devices said their primary reason for use is that they understood them to be less harmful than smoking real cigarettes. This was the second most popular reason.
  • 9% of people surveyed who use e-cigarettes or vaping devices do so as their primary reason(s) because vaping is cheaper than smoking real cigarettes. A secondary reason bundled in with the 9% was the ability to use them indoors although we don’t have any further clarification on what that entirely means.
  • 4% of the general population which equates to roughly 2.2 million people in the UK are estimated to be using e-cigarettes or vaping devices in one form or another.
  • 59% of e-cigarette or vaping device users in the UK also admitted to smoking tobacco cigarettes in parallel with e-cig use.
Statistical Visualisation for cited e-cig use - 53% of e-cigarette users do so to quit smoking. (ONS)
Statistical Visualisation for cited e-cig use – 53% of e-cigarette users do so to quit smoking. (ONS)
22% of people surveyed who use e-cigarettes because they think they're less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. (ONS)
22% of people surveyed who use e-cigarettes because they think they’re less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. (ONS)

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E-cigarette use in the general UK population:

  • 67% of people surveyed or roughly two-thirds of e-cigarette or vaping device users in the UK do so every day.
  • 19% of e-cigarette or vaping device users in the UK use their device at least once a week.
Woman using an e-cig next to her dog
Woman using an e-cig next to her dog

Statistics for people who quit vaping in the UK:

  • 74% of people surveyed who had stopped using e-cigarettes or vaping devices have returned to smoking tobacco cigarettes.
  • 3% of e-cigarette or vaping device users in the UK started doing so without ever smoking tobacco cigarettes beforehand. (Less than 3%)

“These figures continue a long-term trend for fewer people to smoke cigarettes – only 19% of adults today compared with 46% when our survey began in 1976. While the majority of people are using e-cigarettes as an aid to quit smoking it seems they don’t work for everyone, as three-quarters of former vapers are still smoking cigarettes.” – Jamie Jenkins: Senior ONS statistician – twitter

Checkout the slideshow from the Office for National Statistics.

2014 UK tobacco cigarette use.

  • 19% of all adults smoke tobacco cigarettes in one form or another.
  • 20% of men (lowest on record) smoke tobacco cigarettes.
  • 17% of women smoke tobacco cigarettes, which hasn’t changed since 2013.
  • 63% of women smokers only smoke cigarettes in packs.
  • 28% of women smokers only smoke rolling tobacco or roll-ups.
  • 50% of male smokers only smoke cigarettes in packs.
  • 39% of male smokers only smoke rolling tobacco or roll-ups.

Source: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/mro/news-release/main-reason-for-vaping-is-help-to-quit-tobacco—ons-survey-finds/asb0216.html

Source: http://visual.ons.gov.uk/most-people-use-e-cigarettes-to-help-them-quit-smoking-cigarettes/

Mark Griffin
Mark Griffin

Mark has worked as a Graphic Designer for over 10 years. He has been Creative Director for many companies, having delivered high level media projects to companies such as BT & Blackberry. After numerous attempts to stop smoking Mark discovered e-cigarettes. Swytch Vaping was created from a firm belief in the power of vaping.

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