This briefing uses the ASH smokefree GB survey of 11-18 year olds 2013-2020, and other sources, to examine evolving youth use of e-cigarettes in Britain in the context of changes in the regulation of e-cigarettes, and use of tobacco among adults and children.
This covers a period of rapid growth in adult use of e-cigarettes from 2010 to 2015, when there was no age of sale or prohibition of advertising, and the period from 2015 onwards when such regulations were introduced (see Appendix 1). It is a legal requirement for the regulations to be reviewed within five years of coming into force which is 30 September 2020 for the age of sale regulations and 19 May 2021 for the product regulations.
To inform consideration of the effectiveness of the regulations, we have compared e-cigarette use in our 2015 survey, carried out before the regulations were introduced, with the most recent data from 2020.
Ash UK – Feb 21, 2021.