Nowadays, everyone more or less knows that smoking is very bad for your overall health and can lead to a number of different health issues. That hasn’t always been the case. There was a time when the dangers of smoking were more or less hidden from the public.

But now? We know how bad it is, and we’ve got a lot of ways to quit. There’s nicotine gum, there are vaporizers to help you quit smoking, and a lot more. The science behind addiction is becoming better-understood, and fewer teens are trying smoking. That’s very positive, and an encouraging trend.

Quitting smoking is one thing, but never starting in the first place is what will really move the needle for the rate at which people smoke.

The NHS tracks various metrics when it comes to teenage smokers, and they divide them into three distinct groups. There’s youth who have never smoked, who are currently smokers, and who are regular smokers. “Current smoker” means people who smoke regularly or occasionally.

Here’s a look at their data:


Overall, this is an encouraging chart. There are points where it sneaks up, but in the long-term, it continues to decline for the most part. Current smokers and youth who have ever smoked have risen slightly but still, they pale in comparison to where they started.

Why Are Fewer and Fewer UK Teens Smoking Cigarettes?

If someone starts smoking at a young age, it’s very hard to quit. Here are some things to consider when it comes to the younger demographic’s reduction in smoking rates.

  • Many teens get their first cigarettes from their parents, or from a friend of theirs who took it from a parent. If they don’t get their cigarettes directly from their parents, they could still be aiming to emulate the parent’s behavior.
  • Many parents started smoking at a time when it wasn’t as widely known just how dangerous it could be or had parents from that generation who passed the habit down.
  • As fewer parents smoke, due to increased awareness and other reasons, fewer children will smoke. That’s part of the equation, at least. Not everyone wants to do what their parents do, of course.

Also, in the past, if a teen became addicted to smoking, there wasn’t really a clear exit path for them. They wouldn’t want to ask an adult for help for fear of punishment for smoking, but with the internet and better access to support, and alternatives like vaping which have been very effective at getting youth to quit smoking, there’s more light at the end of the tunnel.

Cigarettes are kind of the quick and dirty way to get a nicotine fix, but there isn’t really an enthusiast community around them, or aficionados, in the same way that exists for cigars. Vaping has that type of community of enthusiasts, it’s appealing to younger people because it’s tech, and you can blow huge clouds, etc. People might try different brands of cigarettes, but they’re not really putting research into the purchase, they’re not shopping around, they’re not reading up about the hobby, they’re not upgrading their equipment, and so on.

“We’ve found that many of our customers are putting a lot more effort into finding the best vaporizers in the UK than they ever put into choosing cigarettes.” – Archy Davidson from

Are Vapes a Good Alternative?

The major argument in favor of vaping is that it’s healthier for us than cigarettes as a vehicle for nicotine delivery. The nicotine, in and of itself, is not a particularly harmful substance. It’s everything else that gets burnt and inhaled that really causes problems for people that smoke cigarettes. If the goal is harm reduction, then the vaporizer community would argue that their method achieves that.

Mat Woods
Written By
Mat Woods

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Life Stuff • 4 min read

5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Aging Grandparents

Now that you are getting a bit older and not a kid anymore, you have likely realized that your grandparents […]

Skyla Harris
April 1st, 2020
Life Stuff • 7 min read

Birth Parents, Exes, Etc: Should You Try To Find People From Your Past?

There are certain people who aren’t always easy to find. Sometimes, they’ll try to go “off-the-grid” because they’re in some […]

Sara Dylan
January 25th, 2020
Life Stuff • 2 min read

4 Ways To Stay Safe When You’re Home Alone

Some teens are eager for their parents to finally trust them to stay home alone, others are a bit more […]

Skyla Harris
December 25th, 2019
Life Stuff • 4 min read

Teenagers and CBD Oil: Here’s The Scoop

CBD is getting more and more popular around the world, which has caught the attention of parents and teens alike. […]

Sara Dylan
December 25th, 2019
Life Stuff • 4 min read

Tips for Young Homeowners (Buying, Maintenance, Home Insurance Claims, etc…)

While it’s not super-common for teenagers to buy their own home, it certainly happens. Othertimes, homes are inherited when a […]

Skyla Harris
December 19th, 2019
Life Stuff • 4 min read

5 Important Hotlines for Teenagers That Could Save a Life

Depending on where you’re located in the world, not all of these hotlines will be accessible in your area, but […]

Mat Woods
December 18th, 2019