Following the publication of an editorial in The Scotsman newspaper, the IBVTA sent the below letter to all members of the Scottish Parliament and to MPs representing constituencies in Scotland.
I am writing to you regarding an editorial that appeared in The Scotsman on Friday 28th July . The editorial suggested that new research from the University of Stirling should lead to a questioning of the role of vaping in helping to end smoking. The editorial also suggested that young people who try vaping go on to smoke tobacco cigarettes. As Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Stirling made clear, yesterday , on both counts The Scotsman editorial misrepresented the research.
The key issue is not how many children try vaping, but how many vape regularly, and how many having tried vaping, go on to smoke tobacco cigarettes.
Recent research produced by ASH  found that regular use of vape products amongst children and young people is rare and is confined almost entirely to those who currently or have previously smoked. Of those young people that do vape, the majority use nicotine free products .
Research undertaken by Queen Mary University in London  found no evidence that a child trying vaping for the first time goes on to become a regular vaper. Figures produced by the Office for National Statistics show that 97 per cent of vapers are adult current or former smokers .
There is no evidence of vaping acting as a gateway to smoking. If there were smoking rates would be rising as vaping has become more popular, instead smoking rates are at their lowest levels, including amongst children. The UK now has the second lowest smoking rates in Europe . According to ASH, their most recent survey found the lowest recorded smoking rates among children ever: only 18 per cent of 11 to 15-year-olds had tried smoking in 2014 compared with 42 per cent in 2003 . In Scotland, specifically, according to the Scottish Health Survey, smoking rates, including amongst young people, are at record low levels .
Far from being a gateway into smoking, vaping is increasingly being recognised as a gateway out of smoking for growing numbers of smokers.
 http://metro.co.uk/2014/04/27/e-cigs-cleared-of-being-route-into-smoking-4710734/ and http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_891.pdf
 Research undertaken by Professor Peter Hajek, Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London