The Scottish Health Survey, carried out by the Scottish Government Health Directorates, has found that one in twenty Scottish adults now use electronic cigarettes, while 15% of the population has also admitted to trying one.
Health habits of over 4700 Scottish adults were studied in the survey, which found that current usage of e-cigarettes was the highest in those aged between 35 and 64.
The usage of e-cigarettes is particularly high in both current and ex-smokers, with half of all current smokers having used one previously and some 14% of ex-regular smokers having also used an e-cigarette.
E-cigarettes were also found to be closing in on nicotine patches as the most popular method to quit smoking, with 32% of people using them in comparison to nicotine patches’ 36%.
ScotCen Social Research’s research director, Diarmid Campbell-Jack, commented on the findings, saying: “These findings confirm that e-cigarettes are being used by a small, but not insignificant, proportion of people in Scotland, with one in every 20 saying that they currently use electronic cigarettes”.
These results demonstrate the growing popularity of e-cigarettes in Scotland, not only as an alternative to smoking, but also as a way of giving up the bad habit completely.
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