“The fact that in many countries the prevalence of using non-cigarette tobacco products is higher than, or as high as, the prevalence of cigarette use shows us there is still a lot of work to do,” he said. “The need to strengthen tobacco control efforts, which include specific policies for different tobacco products and a focus on health education for adolescents globally is more important than ever.”
Safer nicotine alternatives are part of the solution
Meanwhile, countless health entities such as Public Health England (PHE) promote such alternative products as smoking cessation and/or harm reduction tools. In fact a number of studies have pointed out that in countries where vaping rates have increased, smoking rates have decreased, while vaping rates seem to decreasing aswell.
A 2020 US survey indicated that only 20% of high school students and 5% of middle school students have reported recently using e-cigs. This is a significant drop in comparison to the 28% and 11% reported in 2019, with the percentages suggested to equate to a drop of 1.8 million, from 5.4 million to 3.6 million.
Last year a US national age limit of 21 was set in place, while many states and localities set in place flavour bans and other restrictions. The CDC’s Brian King said that vape sales seem to have started dropping in August. “It’s possible that some of the heightened awareness could have influenced decline in use,” said King.