The Angus Reid Institute has released a new poll that shows Canadians are far more likely than people in the U.S. to say they are using electronic cigarettes, and that they are most likely to have used nicotine replacement therapies.
In a survey conducted this week, Canadians were asked about their likelihood to use an e-cigarette, a vaporizer, a hookah or other electronic nicotine delivery system.
While the survey did not ask about e-cigarettes, the findings suggest that those who use e-cigs are more likely now to be the smokers than people who do not.
The survey, conducted by Ipsos for Global Affairs Research, asked respondents to name their preferred method of smoking, and were asked to say whether they had used any tobacco product.
While a majority of respondents said they have used tobacco products in the past, only a slim majority said they had ever smoked an electronic cigarette.
That said, Canadians are now more likely (45 per cent) to have smoked an e_cigarette than not (37 per cent).
And those who have used e-liquids in the last year (22 per cent), are far less likely than those who haven’t (24 per cent).
“They are the most popular, but that doesn’t mean they are the least, because they are still the most common form of tobacco use,” said Ipsos’ senior pollster, Doug Brace.
Brace also noted that the poll also asked Canadians whether they were willing to consider the use of e- cigarettes.
Respondents were asked whether they would use a e-cig, a vape or a vaporiser, which was not asked in the previous survey.
“We didn’t ask that question, and they are definitely more likely among Canadians who have tried them,” he said.
“It’s a sign of just how prevalent they are, and it’s also a sign that more people are embracing them.”
E-cigarettes are the first new form of nicotine delivery device in the country since tobacco products were banned in 1998.
They are widely seen as a healthier alternative to smoking, with the industry claiming they help people quit and save money.
The Angus Reid Research Centre surveyed 1,010 Canadians between July 19 and Sept. 10, 2017, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.