Concern over use of e-cigarettes in Lancashire

Blackburn Citizen: The county council’s public health specialist for smoking and tobacco issues Jo McCullagh said the figures were a ‘real concern’ The county council’s public health specialist for smoking and tobacco issues Jo McCullagh said the figures were a ‘real concern’

A QUARTER of youngsters aged 14 to 17 in Lancashire have admitted buying or using e-cigarettes, according to new figures.

A survey of 3,574 schoolchildren, carried out by Trading Standards North West, also showed more than 84 per cent of regular young smokers have used the device.

The county council’s public health specialist for smoking and tobacco issues Jo McCullagh said the figures were a ‘real concern’.

“Many young people think that smoking e-cigarettes will help them to quit smoking, but there is no evidence to show this works,” she said.

The survey showed that young people who don’t smoke tobacco, 6.8 per cent of those who had never smoked and 33.7 per cent of those who had tried smoking but didn’t like it, are also using e-cigarettes.

However, a report by health charity Action on Smoking and Health found a total of only one per cent of non-smokers had taken up e-cigarettes.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph late last month, head of marketing at Darwen e-cig company Liberty Flights, in Grimshaw Street, said: “Several commentators have said e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, but ASH has given us evidence to the contrary.”

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6:59pm Fri 16 May 14

Mr Banford says...

"A QUARTER of youngsters aged 14 to 17 in Lancashire have admitted buying or using e-cigarettes".
i would assume more than a quarter of 14-17 year olds would also admit having smoked dope or having a sip of alcohol or trying a real cigarette...
I dont fully support the idea that it will get young people interested in smoking but i dont think they have any intention of helping smokers quit as they would be creating their own negative market - the sole reason they create new flavours and make the idea of "vaping" cool.
on the other hand, it costs me more smoking e-cigs than it did smoking hand rolled tobacco due to the **** things breaking all the time!
"A QUARTER of youngsters aged 14 to 17 in Lancashire have admitted buying or using e-cigarettes". i would assume more than a quarter of 14-17 year olds would also admit having smoked dope or having a sip of alcohol or trying a real cigarette... I dont fully support the idea that it will get young people interested in smoking but i dont think they have any intention of helping smokers quit as they would be creating their own negative market - the sole reason they create new flavours and make the idea of "vaping" cool. on the other hand, it costs me more smoking e-cigs than it did smoking hand rolled tobacco due to the **** things breaking all the time! Mr Banford
  • Score: 1

8:24pm Fri 16 May 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Mr Banford wrote:
"A QUARTER of youngsters aged 14 to 17 in Lancashire have admitted buying or using e-cigarettes".
i would assume more than a quarter of 14-17 year olds would also admit having smoked dope or having a sip of alcohol or trying a real cigarette...
I dont fully support the idea that it will get young people interested in smoking but i dont think they have any intention of helping smokers quit as they would be creating their own negative market - the sole reason they create new flavours and make the idea of "vaping" cool.
on the other hand, it costs me more smoking e-cigs than it did smoking hand rolled tobacco due to the **** things breaking all the time!
Yes they do break, I got mine from Totally Wicked at Burnley and I have to say they have helped me and replaced broken parts for free now that's good support :)
[quote][p][bold]Mr Banford[/bold] wrote: "A QUARTER of youngsters aged 14 to 17 in Lancashire have admitted buying or using e-cigarettes". i would assume more than a quarter of 14-17 year olds would also admit having smoked dope or having a sip of alcohol or trying a real cigarette... I dont fully support the idea that it will get young people interested in smoking but i dont think they have any intention of helping smokers quit as they would be creating their own negative market - the sole reason they create new flavours and make the idea of "vaping" cool. on the other hand, it costs me more smoking e-cigs than it did smoking hand rolled tobacco due to the **** things breaking all the time![/p][/quote]Yes they do break, I got mine from Totally Wicked at Burnley and I have to say they have helped me and replaced broken parts for free now that's good support :) Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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1:06pm Sat 17 May 14

POW WOW says...

Best advice is to frame a packet of your favourite ciggies in a glass box with a sign stating"in case of emergency break glass" You can then watch the days and weeks go by without ever attempting to break the glass. Your will power not to give into temptation will get stronger.
Best advice is to frame a packet of your favourite ciggies in a glass box with a sign stating"in case of emergency break glass" You can then watch the days and weeks go by without ever attempting to break the glass. Your will power not to give into temptation will get stronger. POW WOW
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Sun 18 May 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Mr Banford wrote:
"A QUARTER of youngsters aged 14 to 17 in Lancashire have admitted buying or using e-cigarettes".
i would assume more than a quarter of 14-17 year olds would also admit having smoked dope or having a sip of alcohol or trying a real cigarette...
I dont fully support the idea that it will get young people interested in smoking but i dont think they have any intention of helping smokers quit as they would be creating their own negative market - the sole reason they create new flavours and make the idea of "vaping" cool.
on the other hand, it costs me more smoking e-cigs than it did smoking hand rolled tobacco due to the **** things breaking all the time!
Do patches and gums create a negative market?

I think the original intention was for them to be used in places where real fags are banned. Helping people quit was just a lucky bonus.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Banford[/bold] wrote: "A QUARTER of youngsters aged 14 to 17 in Lancashire have admitted buying or using e-cigarettes". i would assume more than a quarter of 14-17 year olds would also admit having smoked dope or having a sip of alcohol or trying a real cigarette... I dont fully support the idea that it will get young people interested in smoking but i dont think they have any intention of helping smokers quit as they would be creating their own negative market - the sole reason they create new flavours and make the idea of "vaping" cool. on the other hand, it costs me more smoking e-cigs than it did smoking hand rolled tobacco due to the **** things breaking all the time![/p][/quote]Do patches and gums create a negative market? I think the original intention was for them to be used in places where real fags are banned. Helping people quit was just a lucky bonus. BuckoTheMoose
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