Vaping up, smoking down, as Iceland prepares new rules on e-cigarettes

Cigarette smoking in Iceland is decreasing, while vaping increased by a third – from 6% to 8% of the adult population – between 2016 and 2017.

Those are among the conclusions of a national survey of alcohol and tobacco use published by the Icelandic Ministry of Health, which is hoping to bring in vaping regulations similar to the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) by the end of the year.

The survey also revealed an increase in the number of people who have never smoked but have tried e-cigarettes, from 7% of e-cig users in 2016 to 12% in 2017.

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