The organisation ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) have published the results of the annual YouGov youth vaping survey for 2022.

ash youth vaping survey 2022

This survey has been conducted from 2013 up until 2022 and it asked 11-18 year olds for their responses to tobacco and vaping.

The 2022 survey had a huge response with 2613 taking part.

ash survey 2022 youth participants

You can view the whole factsheet here – Use of e-cigarettes (vapes) among young people in Great Britain.

Key Findings in the ASH Youth Vaping Survey Results 2022

Obviously I will only summarise some of the main points in the survey – but those that caught my eye include…

  • A large majority (83.8%) have never tried or are unaware of e-cigarettes.
  • There is an increase in 11-17 year olds who have ever used a vape – from 11.2% in 2021 up to 15.8% in 2022.youth vaping trends ASH 2022
  • 7% of 11-17 year olds were current vapers compared to 3.3% in 2021.
  • Under 16s are least likely to try e-cigarettes. 10.4% of 11-15 year olds have tried vaping compared to 29.1% of 16-17 year olds.
  • The statistics of 11-17 year olds who vape but have never tried a cigarette are low at 1.7% who report at least monthly use.
  • In 2022 the most frequently used product for those who vaped was a disposable vape – 52% compared to 7.7% in 2021. Most popular brands are Elf Bar and Geek Bar.

    ASH vaping trends 2022
    ASH “Brand of device tried by 11-17 year olds who vape disposables
  • The number of 11-17 year olds who thought vaping was more harmful than tobacco stayed the same as 2020 at 40.9%.
  • 42.1% thought vapes were less harmful than tobacco.
  • When purchasing the main source for tobacco and vapes is a shop.ash sources of vaping 2022

Conclusions

ASH highlight the large increase in disposable vape users compared to 2021 – which is a topic for a whole different article!

Also it notes that awareness of e-cigarettes is generally high at 90% but regular usage is still extremely low. With 3.1% of respondents only vaping regularly (more than once a week) and 3.9% occasionally (less than once a week).

levels of youth vape use ASH 2022

Even rarer are those who have never smoked who now vape. In fact 92.2% in total of 11-17 year olds who have never smoked have never vaped (83.9%) or are not aware of e-cigarettes (8.2%).

ASH youth non smokers vaping 2022

So although the increase in use of Disposable Vapes appears alarming, the rest of the figures do seem to show that youth vaping seems to be under control.

However recent alarmist articles in the press seem to think that youth vaping is far more of a problem – which I will cover in another news article!

Responses

Below are a few responses to the results of this survey from Twitter.

— UKVIA (@Vaping_Industry) July 7, 2022

Let me know what you think of these results in the comments below!

My name is Michelle - I am 46 and an engineer and Technical Author by trade. I started vaping many years ago in the days of Tornado tanks, Ego batteries and Variable Voltage. My journey in vaping began again a few years ago and have started to move up in the shiny shiny gadget department and love vaping! I have finally stopped smoking as of June 2019 and that is all thanks to vaping! 20mg Nicotine Salts are my hero! Oh and I am partial to a nice pod mod!

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