A study has shown that the gap between the number of people who use e-cigarettes and the number of smokers is fast closing, with the number of vapers tripling between 2012 and 2014 from 700,000 to 2.1 million.
With this number increasing fast, charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) believe that there may be as many e-cigarette users as traditional tobacco cigarette smokers by as early as 2018.
The increase comes in line with a decrease in the number of smokers, with numbers having fallen from 25 percent of adults in 2007 to 18 percent of adults today, estimated to be around 10 million people by research service Smoking in England.
The rise in prominence and popularity of e-cigarettes is sure to be one of the main factors in this change, with ASH’s statistics certainly agreeing that more and more people are now trying them. Back in 2010, only 9 percent of smokers had tried e-cigarettes, but last year, this figure had risen significantly to 52 percent. This figure demonstrates how many smokers have switched to e-cigarettes as they are considered a healthy alternative, with sales of nicotine gum and patches having slipped as the popularity of vaping increases.