Professor Linda Bauld

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Are children using E-cigarettes?

As the popularity of e-cigarettes has grown, studies in a number of countries have now reported experimentation and some regular use by children and young people. This use is concentrated in young people who smoke, but differences in study design pose challenges for comparison. Concerns about e-cigarette experimentation promoting tobacco use have contributed to calls for tighter regulation.

This presentation will review the available published evidence on use in children and discuss the extent to which concerns about a ‘gateway’ effect are supported by research. Elements of product appeal will also be discussed, including the views of young people and adults on flavourings and packaging and the potential role of these elements in uptake and continued use.

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