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Teenagers in Wales say they're not surprised more young people are using e-cigarettes.
A new study from Cardiff University has found the devices are more common than tobacco in under 15s.
Research shows 6% of children as young as 10 and 12% of 11-16-year-olds have used them.
The key findings were:
Sam is 15 and says they’re easy to get hold of:
“They’re more available now.
“In the markets you can go and buy one or you can buy a disposable one.
“They’re a lot cheaper as well and it’s one thing you can have for a longer time because with normal cigarettes you have to keep buying them.”
Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Ruth Hussey, is concerned that the devices normalise smoking:
“We’ve spent many years now helping to make smoking not the normal thing to do, put restrictions on access to tobacco with children, really trying to help our children grow up in a smoke-free world.
“What we’re seeing here is that e-cigarettes are starting to provide an opportunity for children to experiment again”.
A Welsh Government white paper has set out plans to restrict the use of e-cigs in public places.