More Aussies lighting up e-cigs

Data from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Survey, known as the ITC project, also found self-reported e-cigarette use among adults in Australia rose from 1% in 2010 to 7% in 2013.

Another 2013 survey, conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and released last week, found one in seven smokers aged 14 or older (14.8%) had used battery-operated e-cigarettes in the past 12 months.

The AIHW National Drug Strategy Household Survey found young smokers in particular were early adopters, with 27% of smokers aged 18–24 using the devices.

The AIHW survey, of nearly 24,000 people older than 12, was the first of the regular household surveys in which respondents were asked about their use of e-cigarettes, the report said.

The ITC project recently published data from 10 countries finding 20% of former or current smokers older than 18 in Australia had ever tried them, despite a government ban