A study into the use of electronic cigarettes among US adults has shed some light into what motivates people to become vapers.
Conducted as part of the National Health Interview Survey, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collated data from close to 40,000 American adults to investigate the use of ecigs. Published in October 2015, this is what the study told us:
Current or recent smokers most likely to try ecigs
According to the study, tobacco smoking is present in the most common background of a regular ecig user.
Close to one-half of current cigarette smokers (47.6 percent) have tried electronic vaping at least once, compared to just 3.2 percent of adults who had never before smoked. For those who had given up the tobacco habit, 55.4 percent of recent quitters had tried ecigs, while just 8.9% of those who had quit more than a year previous had experienced vaping.
This shows that, typically, vaping cannot be considered a ‘gateway’ to tobacco, as adults who have never smoked in the past are among the least likely to try ecigs. Generally, the most common experience with vaping is as a replacement for or in addition to traditional cigarettes.
Ecig users often trying to quit smoking
Further evidence from the study shows that current smokers who have attempted to quit over the past twelve months were significantly more likely to try vaping than those unwilling to give up tobacco.
One in five current smokers (20.3 percent) with a recent history of quitting behaviour are regular vapers. This is compared to just 11.8 percent of smokers who had not tried to quit within the past year.
This study sheds important light on the background and origins of vapers in America. If these figures can be correlated with what we know across other countries, it is clear that vaping is an important tool for ex and current tobacco smokers who are considering quitting.