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Study finds E-Cigarettes and Vapes used Alongside Traditional Cigarettes (Reuters, Jilian Mincer)

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On June 10, 2015 Reuters published results from a poll conducted in collaboration with Ipsos which included finding that more Americans are using e-cigarettes and other vaporizing devices while also smoking conventional cigarettes.

The poll covered 5,679 people and the complete poll can be read here.

Proponents of vaping have argued that e-cigarettes and vaporizer represent a safer alternative to tobacco products, although the effects of such are not as well-known and are currently being studied. Vapers were twice as likely as the general population to think the devices are “healthier than the traditional cigarettes” but they were also more likely to say someone could become “addicted to e-smoking.”

According to the poll:

  • 10% of U.S. adults now vape
  • 15% of poll participants under the age of 40 vape
  • Almost 70% of current e-cigarette users started in the last year
  • Almost 75% of poll participants also smoke traditional cigarettes as well
  • Almost 50% of the users surveyed said they were motivated to use the devices because of friends or family
  • 40% of e-cigarette users said they were began because of the ability to smoke indoors