Vaping – Youth Perceptions and Attitudes: Evidence Briefing

This Scottish Government briefing presents their understanding of youth perceptions of and attitudes towards vaping based on a review of the existing literature.

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Over the past few years, vaping prevalence among the youngest age groups has shown an upward trend. This has raised concerns around the potential of vaping to renormalise tobacco smoking and serve as a gateway to it. Understanding youth perceptions and attitudes is key in minimising this risk.

This evidence briefing is based on a search and analysis of scholarly research on youth perceptions of and attitudes towards vaping, and how they compare with perceptions of and attitudes towards conventional cigarette smoking. The search was carried out between February 2023 and January 2024.