This area of Gloucestershire is England’s vaping hotspot – with more than double the national average
Gloucester is one of England’s vaping hotspots, with more than double the national average in the city, new figures have revealed.
An analysis of vape shop location data has revealed that the city is among the top when it comes to the number of e-cigarette shops per person in the country.
The electronic devices, which produce ‘vapour’ as opposed to tobacco smoke, are popular among former smokers; with almost half of the UK’s 2.8 million e-cigarette users made up of ex-cigarette smokers.
The figure compares to one vape shop for every 20,109 residents across the whole of England, meaning that Gloucester is way ahead of the curve when it comes to adopting e-cigarettes.
Cheltenham had one vape shop for every 16,733 people, Forest of Dean had one for every 28,652 and the Cotswolds had one shop for every 29,170 people.
A government report in February found that between 5.4 per cent and 6.2 per cent of adults currently vape in Britain.
Figures from the NHS shows that 1.5 million people who used vapes have reportedly stopped smoking regular cigarettes.
Approximately 15 per cent of adults in Gloucester still classed themselves as either occasional or regular smokers in 2017/18.
E-cigarettes are not completely risk free, however, but they are believed to be less harmful than cigarettes.
A 2015 review from Public Health England found that vaping is around 95 per cent less harmful than smoking.
The Royal College of Physicians came to a similar conclusion in their 2016 report.
The NHS explained: “E-cigarettes don’t produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke.
“The liquid and vapour contain some potentially harmful chemicals also found in cigarette smoke but at much lower levels.”
Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Dr Mike Knapton, added: “We would not advise non-smokers to take up e-cigarettes, but they can be a useful tool for harm reduction and to stop smoking.”
A study published in Environmental Science and Technology in July 2016 “identified harmful emissions in the vapour, including possible carcinogens and irritants, though at a much lower level in conventional cigarettes.”
By Michael Goodier & Phillip Thompson