E-Cigarette Forum has conducted its latest Ecigarette Survey. The initial findings have been released and although not yet complete, these preliminary results already render great amounts of details about the vaping community.
Response to the annual EFC Big Ecigarette Survey had been enormous. In only 2 weeks, there were already over 10,000 respondents who completed the 75-question survey. Data from this survey might only be disregarded and dismissed by ecigarette detractors, but for those who sincerely think that electronic cigarettes can help save many lives; these details are very helpful in painting a more accurate picture of the current vaping situation.
People behind ECF are now working on a research paper that will provide the appropriate weight to the data. This paper would be immediately released before the FDA commenting period is over.
Some survey questions delved into the dual use of ecigs and combustible cigarettes. 49.15% said they smoke disposable cigarettes along with vaping while 50.85% said no. 28.86% still smoke cigarettes while using rechargeable mini ecigs.
16.71% of the mid-sized ecigarette users still smoke cigarettes. 7.71% of vapers using APVs or large ecigs said they still smoke real cigarettes. 7.29 of the mechanical mod users admit they still smoke cigarettes.
From these data, it could be safe to assume that more advanced devices can provide more satisfaction to smokers so their cigarette consumption is helped curbed by vaping.
Tobacco Company Ecig
When asked if they will knowingly purchase an ecigarette device that was made by a major tobacco firm, 29.45 said yes and 70.55% said no. This is between current smokers and quitters.
Among the dual users, 53.85% are unlikely to purchase a product that they know was made by a tobacco company. This suggests that successful cessation pushes an ecig user further away from their former behavior as tobacco smoker.
92% of the respondents said that they worry about the possibility of the government removing from the market those products they currently use.
65 % of vapers said that they are more likely to spend more money in purchasing batteries from well-known and larger companies. 57.4 said they will not spend more money for an eliquid made by a bigger and more well-known company.
The media has been presenting a lot of negative stories about electronic cigarettes and respondents were also asked if these negative tales concern them. 82.5% of the dual users said they are concerned while 71% of quitters said yes. Data show that both groups are concerned about the vaping perception in the media. Yet, it is from the group of the dual users where the greatest concern is seen.
First Ecig Purchase
Respondents were also asked where they bought their first electronic cigarette. 4.64% of the long time vapers (vaping for at least 24 months) while 9.48 of the beginner vapers (vaping for up to 3 months) said a friend gave them their first ecigs.
13.19% of the long time vapers and 16.78 % of the beginner vapers said they bought their first ecig from a general store, pharmacy or gas station. 6.19% of the long time vapers and 5.33% of beginner vapers said they bought the first device from an individual seller or a kiosk.
8.85% of long time vapers and 24.12% of beginner vapers bought their first ecig from a brick and mortar vape store. 36.77% of long time vapers and 12.46% of beginner vapers bought theirs online from a vendor of a particular brand. 25.26% of long time vapers and 13.67% bought the ecig from an online vendor of multiple brands. 5.11% of long time vapers and 13.47% of novice vapers said they bought their first ecigs from other sources like Amazon, Tobacconist and eBay.