Research from Imperial College London, found that the proportion of UK population who had tried vaping increased from 8.9% to 15.5% between 2012 and 2014.
The key issue is not how many people try vaping, but how many people having tried vaping go on to vape on a regular basis. Of those that do, we know that 99.9% of them are former or current smokers .
The number of vapers has risen from 700,000 in 2012 to 2.8 million today . This is a good thing as almost all of these people have made the switch from smoking to vaping.
More smokers are switching to vaping because they understand the clear and substantiated benefits of vaping, because there are more dedicated vape shops on the high street, and because the products are effective.
Lead author of this research, Dr Filippos Filippidis, from the School of Public Health at Imperial College, has stated that we do not know enough about vaping and that more research is needed.
We are not complacent and support continued research into all aspects of vaping, but there are some things that we do know.
We know that there is a never a situation where it is better to smoke than it is to vape. We know from independent research studies produced by Public Health England  and the Royal College of Physicians  that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking. We know that 99.9% of vapers in the UK are current or former smokers, and we know that vaping is not a gateway into smoking . Finally, we also know that vaping is now recognised by the Government as being the number one tool used by smokers to help them quit.