The research from our 2000 strong survey aimed to find out what the UK’s populations opinions on electronic cigarette uses. The survey also attempts to find out specifically how users should be treated in the workplace and in public. Finally, the survey looked into the influence of electronic cigarettes on children.
Our E Cigarette survey results
Question 1 asked how many of our 2000 participants smoked
The results showed that 45.6% don’t smoke as well as 18.1% of participants who have smoked in the past and quit. Of the 45.6% smokers, 22.1% smoke cigarettes and 7.2% smoke electronic cigarettes. The remaining 16.3% is made up of pipe, cigar and people who would rather not divulge the information.
Question 2 explored whether participants thought that electronic cigarettes were an effective method to help people quit smoking
60.2% thought this was the case where as 39.7% thought it couldn’t help. This is evidently something that needs to be addressed as the NHS’s have stated that e-cigarettes are helpful for people looking to quit.
Update: The most recent 2018 PHE research on e cigarettes clearly shows e cigarettes can help smokers quit. “While caution is needed with these figures, the evidence suggests that e-cigarettes have contributed tens of thousands of additional quitters in England.”
Question 3 looked at whether e-cigarette users should be allowed extra breaks at work
This question resulted in the largest difference of opinion. Over 1520 of the 2000 participants, 76.2% said that they should not be allowed additional vaping breaks whereas 23.7% of participants said they should. This is despite the PHE suggesting that vapers need more breaks than smokers.
Question 4 looked at whether vapers should be given a special area away from tobacco smokers to vape
Update: The PHE have suggested that this is something that should be happening. “Vapers should not be required to use the same space as smokers, as this could undermine their ability to quit smoking and stay smoke-free, particularly among those most heavily addicted.”
44.2% of participants agreed with the PHE whereas 55.7% don’t think that they should be separated.
Question 5 looked at whether or not electronic cigarette users should be allowed to vape at work (i.e at their desk)
The overall reaction was negative with 73.6% of participants saying no to this question. Only 26.3% agreed that this could be possible.
Question 6 looked at whether e-cigarettes should be allowed on public transport
73.3% said no and only 26.6% said yes.
Question 7 looked at whether participants thought that e-cigarettes were a gateway to smoking cigarettes or tobacco
54.6% thought that they weren’t leaving 45.3% who believed they were. This goes against the official line by the PHE who suggest that almost all electronic cigarette users were ex-smokers.
Question 8. Are smokers annoying you?
The survey discovered that 59.9% of participants would find a colleague smoking an e-cigarette next to them at work annoying. 34.6% wouldn’t.
Question 9. Could vapers encourage youths to smoke?
One of the more controversial and sensitive questions in the survey. Our e cigarette survey found that 65.3% of participants thought that an adult smoking an e-cigarette could encourage a child to smoke one also. 34.6% disagreed with this however.
Question 10. Could vaping discourage children?
We felt this question appropriate in order to test question 9 above, the result should reflect #9 if participants were congruent, and certainly they were! Our survey found that 35.1% of participants believed that an adult using an e-cigarette could discourage children from smoking tobacco. 64.8% disagreed.