Vape Smoking Rates Rise as Traditional Smoking Rates Decline Among Singaporeans

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Singaporeans are turning to vape and traditional smoking rates are declining. That’s according to research by Milieu Insight, The Straits Times reported.

Weekly cigarette consumption decreased from an average of 72 in Q3 2021 to 56 by Q4 2023. Concurrently, usage of vape and vaporizers rose from 3.9% to 5.2% of the population during the same timeframe.



Vape and Vaporizer Use Rises

This trend, as noted by Milieu Insight, aligns with the rising number of occasional smokers, contrasting with regular smokers since Q2 2022. A survey conducted between December 16 and 29, 2023, showed occasional smokers increased from 1.2% to 3.2% from Q3 2021 to Q4 2023, with a notable rise in ex-smokers as well.

Despite the prohibition of vaporizers and vape in Singapore, individuals reported using these products to decrease secondhand smoke exposure and cut down on traditional cigarette use. The World Health Organization, however, does not endorse these products for smoking cessation.

In response to these trends, Singapore’s Ministry of Health and the Health Sciences Authority announced enhanced actions in December 2023 to curb vaping and prevent its establishment in the country.

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