More than a fifth of 11 to 15 year olds have used e-cigarettes at least once, and the majority (88 per cent) have heard of them, according to new figures published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)…reports Asian Lite News
Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England, 2014, found that use of e-cigarettes varied according to age, gender and smoking status: One in 20 (five per cent) 11 year olds said they had ever used e-cigarettes.
By comparison, the figure was seven times higher (35 per cent) for 15 year olds. Boys (23 per cent) were more likely to have ever used e-cigarettes than girls (20 per cent). Nine in ten (89 per cent) regular cigarette smokers5 had ever used e-cigarettes, compared to one in ten (11 per cent) who had never smoked.
Alongside e-cigarettes, pupils were also asked for the first time about legal highs. 6 Half of pupils (51 per cent) had heard of legal highs and six per cent had been offered them, although use was relatively low at three per cent. The report shows a decline in the prevalence of smoking, alcohol and drug use7 among 11 to 15 year olds.
The decline in the proportion of pupils who had ever taken drugs has been slower in recent years than during the period between 2001 and 2010, when it fell from 29 per cent to 18 per cent. In 2014, 15 per cent of pupils reported they had ever taken drugs. Cannabis continues to be the drug that pupils are most likely to have taken, with seven per cent reporting to have taken it in the last year.
Paul Niblett, Responsible Statistician for the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England, 2014 survey, said: “It is encouraging to see that the decline in young people smoking or drinking continues and whilst the use of drugs has stabilised, figures are nevertheless at a record low. “Today’s report also provides information about additional behaviours for the first time. At a time when little is still known about these areas, the insight from today’s survey will be of value to those working with young people, in education and public health.”