The Bishop of St Albans received the following written answer on 29th June 2022:
The Lord Bishop of St Albans asked Her Majesty’s Government:
- what estimate they have made of how many people in England under the age of 18 regularly use a vape or e-cigarette.
- what research they are currently undertaking into the long-term health effects caused by smoking e-cigarettes and vapes.
Lord Kamall (Con): The Government collects statistics on smoking and vaping for 11 to 15 year olds through the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People survey. Due to the pandemic, the latest available data is from 2018, which shows regular use of vapes for 11 to 15 year olds at 3% and regular use of smoking cigarettes at 2%. Fieldwork for the latest survey is complete and due to be published later this year. The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities collects data on vaping among 11 to 18 year olds, which will be published in its 2022 Vaping in England report shortly.
Under the current Tobacco Control Plan for England, the former Public Health England commissioned annual independent reports on vaping in England. The final report is due to be published by the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities shortly. The report will include systematic reviews of the respiratory, cardiovascular and cancer risks and reports on the risks from fires, explosions and poisonings.
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